What Is Kyphoscoliosis?

What is kyphoscoliosis?

Kyphoscoliosis refers to an abnormal curvature of the spine in both a coronal and sagittal plane.

It is a thoracic cage deformity that may cause extrapulmonary restriction of the lungs and impairment of pulmonary functions, as described earlier for restrictive lung diseases.

Signs and symptoms

According to Wikipedia, signs of kyphoscoliosis include:

  • Abnormal hunch along with a presence of S or C-like shape;
  • Uneven lengths of arms and legs;
  • Presence of associated disorders like hypertension, neurological disorders;
  • Abnormal gait.


When the angle between vertebrae drops to less than 5 degrees, the condition can be termed as kyphoscoliosis.

Causes of kyphoscoliosis may include:

  • Osteoarthritis;
  • Scheuermann’s disease;
  • Slouching;
  • Neuromuscular disorder;
  • Injury;
  • Tumor


The treatment for kyphoscoliosis depends on the cause of the condition, options may include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Back braces
  • Surgery
  • Spine surgery
  • Schroth method of physical therapy
  • Surgical correction
  • Oxygen

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