Kyphosis is a front-to-back curvature of the spine that can lead to a hunchback or slouching posture. Many things can cause kyphosis – from degenerative diseases and osteoporosis to injuries and other conditions that affect the spine.

Both adults and children can suffer from kyphosis, but it is rarely present at birth. Scheuermann’s kyphosis – also known as Scheuermann’s disease – is a type of kyphosis that occurs only in adolescents.

The expert team of physicians at UT Southwestern’s Spine Center specializes in all available evidence-based treatments for kyphosis – both medical and surgical. We offer our patients the most advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies and techniques, including specialized spine imaging.

When surgery is required, our skilled team of surgeons often can perform minimally invasive procedures, which reduce recovery time.

Our multidisciplinary approach allows you access to neurosurgeons, orthopaedists, and other specialists with one call. We strive to coordinate, facilitate, and expedite patient care, saving our patients time.

Our goal is to partner with our patients in their care, get them back to health as soon as possible, and help them achieve the best outcomes.


If we believe you have kyphosis, we’ll conduct a physical examination and measure the curve of the spine (scoliometer screening).

Spine imaging studies typically used to diagnose kyphosis include X-rays and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Neurological, pulmonary function, and other types of testing also may be used in some cases.


After diagnosis, we’ll make sure you see the right experts to treat your specific condition.

Treatment for kyphosis depends on the severity and location of the curve in the spine, its cause, and whether or not the patient is still growing.

Some people with kyphosis don’t require treatment, while others benefit from wearing customized back braces and participating in spine rehabilitation therapy.

In some cases, surgery to correct the curve is the best treatment option for patients with kyphosis. The specialized team of neurosurgeons and orthopaedic surgeons at the UT Southwestern Spine Center offer an array of surgical treatment options that are tailored to each patient’s unique condition.

We’ll create a care plan that minimizes the number of visits you need to make, while also providing you with the support you need.

Clinical Trials

UT Southwestern conducts clinical trials aimed at improving the diagnosis and treatment of kyphosis. Talk with your doctor to see if a clinical trial is right for you.

Request an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with a kyphosis specialist at UT Southwestern’s facilities in Dallas or to learn more about our services, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.