What is the outlook for people who have kyphosis?

Early diagnosis offers the best outlook. Most people with kyphosis who get diagnosed early don’t need surgery and have typical function.

However, if you don’t treat kyphosis, the curve will get worse, leading to health problems. It’s important to monitor kyphosis regularly and do physical therapy to maintain a good posture. These steps help make sure the curve doesn’t worsen and interfere with your life.

Can kyphosis come back?

Kyphosis can return, even after treatment. Take steps to stay healthy and strong. Talk to your healthcare provider about what you can do to prevent kyphosis from coming back.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 11/06/2020.


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