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Dowager’s Hump

Dowager’s Hump

Dowager’s hump is a health condition characterized by a severe rounding of the upper back. The technical term for Dowager’s Hump is hyperkyphosis.

The rounding of the back is not a growth. It is abnormal posture and an alteration in the shape of the spine due to weakened or damaged bones (vertebrae).

At Baker Chiropractic and Wellness, we’ve been helping patients of all ages with Dowager’s Hump for over 20 years. We relieve patients from the pain and discomfort caused by Dowager’s Hump while restoring the health of the spine using our safe and effective chiropractic care and nutritional guidance.

Please contact us by calling (513) 561-2273 or scheduling an appointment here on our website.

What Causes Dowager’s Hump?

Dowager’s Hump is more common in people who have advanced osteoporosis and is usually caused by what is known as a wedge fracture.

Wedge fractures happen when the sides of the vertebrae that face the front of your body become weak and collapse causing the vertebrae to tilt forward. This results in the back curving and the head tilting forward. In some cases, the curvature of the back becomes so severe the head is forced to look downward.

Other types of conditions may also lead to the development of Dowager’s Hump including poor posture and Forward Head Posture (FHP).

Symptoms of Dowager’s Hump

Pain is not always the first sign of Dowagers’ Hump. The initial symptoms can be a loss of height or a slight rounding of the back.

As a Dowager’s Hump becomes more severe, the following symptoms may start to develop:

  • Neck Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Rib Pain
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Loss of Appetite

Preventing Dowager’s Hump

As with most health conditions, preventing a Dowager’s Hump from developing is the most effective treatment of all.

At Baker Chiropractic and Wellness, our chiropractic physicians are specifically educated and trained in the health of the human spine and nervous system.

Our regular chiropractic care keeps your spine properly aligned and healthy which helps prevent a variety of health conditions, including Dowager’s Hump.

We also provide our patients with personalized guidance on nutrition and exercise that are both essential to restoring and maintaining healthy bones and muscle.

Will Chiropractic Care Cure a Dowager’s Hump?

The answer to this question is different for each patient. It all depends on the severity of the Dowager’s Hump and how long it has been developing.
If caught in time, our chiropractic care has been very effective in reversing the effects of a Dowager’s Hump. If you have lived with a Dowager’s Hump for 30-40 years, we can help slow or stop the advancement of the condition.

Schedule an Appointment

If you or someone you know has developed a Dowager’s Hump or you would like to prevent one from forming, please contact us by calling (513) 561-2273 or schedule an appointment here on our website.

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