What is the outlook for people who have kyphosis?

If they are diagnosed early, most people who have kyphosis don’t need surgery and can function normally throughout their lives. If kyphosis is not treated and the curve continues to get worse, it can lead to health problems. Monitoring kyphosis regularly and maintaining a good posture with physical therapy is the best way to make sure the spinal curve does not worsen enough to interfere with enjoying a healthy life.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 12/05/2017.

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