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Upper Spine FAQ


Is it OK to have a significant kyphosis where my spine was fractured two years ago?


A significant kyphosis following spinal injury is called posttraumatic spinal deformity. Kyphosis is the most common of the deformities. Studies show that a kyphosis equal to or greater than 30 degrees is more likely associated with chronic pain and potential increase in neurological symptoms. J. M. Buchowski et al. Surgical management of posttraumatic thoracolumbar kyphosis.SPINE July 2008. Voume 8. Number 4. Pp. 666-677.

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