Kyphosis is a progressive disorder of the thoracic spine that can affect children, adolescents and adults.
It is described as a strong curvature of the upper back. Kyphosis can either be a result of degenerative diseases, developmental problems (for example the Scheuermann´s disease) or trauma of the vertebrae. In the sense of a deformity the spine loses it´s normal profile and results in a bowing of the back. A kyphosis can also appear in combination with scoliosis. The most common symptoms for patients with an abnormal kyphosis are poor posture and a hump appearance of the back. Severe cases lead to back pain, reduction of breathing volume, stiffness and loss of motion.
The Schroth method is not only designed for the effective treatment of scoliosis but also for the treatment of kyphosis.