Age-related hyperkyphosis: Its causes, consequences, and management

Wendy B. Katzman, Linda Wanek, John A. Shepherd, Deborah E. Sellmeyer

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Synopsis: Age-related hyperkyphosis is an exaggerated anterior curvature in the thoracic spine that occurs commonly with advanced age. This condition is associated with low bone mass, vertebral compression fractures, and degenerative disc disease, and contributes to difficulty performing activities of daily living and decline in physical performance. While there are effective treatments, currently there are no public health approaches to prevent hyperkyphosis among older adults. Our objective is to review the prevalence and natural history of hyperkyphosis, associated health implications, measurement tools, and treatments to prevent this debilitating condition. Level of evidece : Diagnosis/prognosis/ therapy, level 5.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)352-360
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Aging/geriatrics
  • Kyphosis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Postural relationships
  • Thoracic spine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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