What Is The Difference Between Scoliosis And Kyphosis?

Scoliosis and kyphosis are both abnormalities of the spine but there is a difference between the two.  Scoliosis is the lateral (side curvature) of the spine, which is usually a straight vertical line.  Scoliosis can have different levels of severity and in some cases not be physically visible.  For those who have a more severe case you can actually see a shift in the spine when looking at someone’s back.  Scoliosis can take place in people of all ages and should usually be check checked in children around the age of 10.  Although most cases of scoliosis are mild, some children who develop scoliosis at a young age do see that as they age the degree of side curvature can become more severe. 

Kyphosis is referred to curvature of the spine, an exaggerated forward rounding of the back.  Kyphosis is more commonly known as hunchback.  Although it can occur at any age it is more common in adults, especially females over the age of 60.  Age related kyphosis often occurs after osteoporosis weakens the spinal bones, when this happens it causes cracking and compression of the spine.  Kyphosis is usually more visible to the eye than scoliosis and causes more pain related symptoms such as; back pain and stiffness. 

It is important to take care of you spine no matter what the situation.  Visiting your local San Deigo Chiropractor to get an exam can determine the health of your spine.  Most San Diego Chiropractors are able to take x-rays of the spine to see if there are any abnormalities such as scoliosis or kyphosis.   Although there are no cures for either one getting regularly adjusted with a chiropractor can help to relieve any other areas of the body that may be affected as well as help to prevent further progression of scoliosis or kyphosis.   Getting massaged once a month can also help to keep any tension out of the muscles and keep the body feeling well.