Increased thoracic kyphosis – (Scheuermanns or degenerative kyphosis) is a condition that stems from either a laxity of spinal ligaments or deformity of the vertebra in the youth or degenerative wear and tear in the older adult. In all cases, the spinal curve of the mid-back becomes greater than normal (normal is 20-40 degrees). As the curve increases, the abnormal alignment has to be compensated for by increasing the curves in the neck and lower back. This causes pain and premature wear in those areas.

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