Thoracic hyperkyphosis, commonly known as hunchback, is described as an excessive antero-posterior curvature of the thoracic spine of greater than 40°. The thoracic part of the spine has a forward rounding, well known as ‘kyphosis’. This thoracic curvature is the result of a slight wedging of the vertebrae.
Thoracic hyperkyphosis is a defect that is easy to see from the side, in a lateral point of view. This is detected when the flexion curve of the thoracic part is over 40°. It is also important to know that the stability of the thoracic spine is connected with the rib cage and his articulations. For this reason, thoracic hyperkyphosis could have detrimental effects on other functions such as breathing.
Find out more regarding what chiropractic can do to better this condition and increase overall lung function from this case study below:
Abstract – Bases On A Case Series
To report the changes in thoracic hyperkyphosis, lung volume output, and quality of life recorded in a series of asymptomatic patients following reduction of subluxation utilizing chiropractic adjustments.
Definition of asymptomatic: The term asymptomatic means literally the absence of symptoms. It describes a condition that is present, but in which a person does not show any outward signs or symptoms of the disease.
Two males and one female presented to the office for chiropractic consultation with no symptomatic complaints. Evidence of vertebral subluxation and thoracic hyperkyphosis was present in all three cases. In all of the subjects, none of their upper thoracic spines were able to make contact with the table while laying supine.
Interventions and Outcomes
Chiropractic care included CBP mirror imaged exercises, adjustments, and traction. The adjustments incorporated CBP mirror image and diversified high velocity, low amplitude thrusts. Extension exercises and traction of the thoracic spine was utilized.
Posture Ray Radiographic software was used to measure thoracic kyphosis, lung volume capacity was measured using a respirometer, and SF-36 quality of life surveys scored with Health and Wellness Score were used to determine quality of life changes before and after care.
Reduction of the thoracic kyphosis angle was recorded in all patients with an average decrease of over 10 degrees. Increased lung function in both peak expiratory flow (PEF), and forced expiratory volume (FEV) were recorded along with improvements in SF-36 scores documenting improved quality of life.
(Sources: verywell.com, physio-pedia.com & chiropracticpediatrics.sharepoint.com)
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