Hunchback (kyphosis) usually refers to an abnormally curved spine. It's most common in older women and often related to osteoporosis.


Some people with kyphosis have back pain and stiffness. Others have no symptoms other than an exaggerated forward rounding of the back.


Severe kyphosis can cause pain and be disfiguring. Treatment may include medications, physical therapy, and sometimes surgery.

Last Updated Jun 13, 2017

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