Cervical Kyphosis Treatment in Akron & Canton
The cervical spine can have a multitude of issues, due to different environmental or genetic factors; one of these being cervical kyphosis. Simply put, cervical kyphosis is when the cervical spine bends so that, if the cervical spine was the letter “C”, the “C” would open towards front of the body, as opposed to the back. When it points to the back, it is considered a “lordotic curve” – which is normal.
Symptoms of Cervical Spine Kyphosis
As with all spinal disorders, the symptoms vary heavily with the severity of the complication. Cervical kyphosis symptoms can range from:
- visible shape changes in neck, cervical spine
- limited rotation of the neck
- mild to severe neck pain
- weakness of grip
- numbness, tingling in extremities
If you are seeing any of these symptoms, talking to a specialist may be the next step in your treatment. Call 330-665-4100 to talk to our specialists at Center for Neuro and Spine.
What Causes Cervical Spine Abnormalities?
Often, disorders of the cervical spine, like cervical kyphosis, occur because of degenerative disc disease. The spinal discs begin to degrade with age, and as the discs degrade, the weight of the head pulls the cervical spine forward, causing kyphosis. Cervical kyphosis can also be the product of genetics. Often, people born with cervical spine kyphosis will have additional birth defects, so it is apparent at birth if there is a cervical spine kyphosis birth defect.
Depending on the cause and current progression of cervical kyphosis, and if there is pressure on the spinal cord or not, there are different options for treatment. Diagnosis usually begins with a history, and physical exam. Then, using an X-Ray or MRI, our neurosurgeons will analyze what the diagnosis is, and what an appropriate treatment would be.
Surgery for Cervical Kyphosis
In the right conditions, our neurosurgeons will operate on the spine to attempt to fix the kyphosis and return the cervical spine to its proper lordotic curve. Usually, surgery is only recommended if there is nerve damage, and if the curve in the cervical spine is still flexible. A rod or plate can be fused to the cervical spine to help restore structure and relieve spinal pressure from the weight of the head.
Physical Therapy for Cervical Kyphosis
Physical therapy can help a patient restore the proper shape and function of the neck if a minor kyphosis occurs. Physical therapy will help you reteach yourself how to hold your head and neck, give you plans for improving mobility of the head and neck, and learn how to maximize function and minimize damage.
Other Treatments for Cervical Kyphosis
If damage is minimal, or structural integrity is mostly in-tact, your treatment may start with a simple neck brace and anti-inflammatory medication. Talk to our team if you suffer from any symptoms of cervical spine abnormalities.