Can I prevent kyphosis?

You can take steps to prevent postural kyphosis:

  • Maintain good posture.
  • Strengthen abdominal and back muscles.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Carry bags or schoolbooks and supplies in a sturdy backpack or roller bag.
  • Exercise to strengthen your body and stay flexible.

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


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