Abnormal curvature of the cervical spine is called as cervical kyphosis. Signs and symptoms of cervical kyphosis varies based on the extent of the curvature. There will be a significant change in the shape of the neck of the person affected with Cervical. There will be a restricted range of motion of the neck. Cervical Kyphosis patient may also experience neck, and may have weakness in grip along with numbness and tingling in the upper extremities.
What Can Result In The Development of Cervical Kyphosis?
Posture: Poor posture is believed to be the primary cause of Cervical Kyphosis. The individual may sleep with the neck in a poor posture or may have a poor sitting posture.
Computer Related Work: Individuals who flex their neck when staring at the computer may be at risk for developing Cervical Kyphosis. Repetitive motions of the neck may also result in the development of Cervical Kyphosis.
There are also other causes that may result in the development of Cervical Kyphosis. These potential causes are:
Degenerative Disc Disease: With age, the intervertebral disc starts to degenerate which results in the discs of the spine to become thin and ultimately collapse. This alters the natural curvature of the spine and results in imbalance due to the weight of the head causing Cervical Kyphosis.
Surgical Procedures: There are certain procedures which have the risk for causing Cervical Kyphosis. Laminectomy is the primary procedure which may result in the development of Cervical Kyphosis.
Congenital Anomalies: There are also certain genetic anomalies that may cause Cervical Kyphosis. Such individuals additionally will have other birth defects as well such as in the kidneys or urinary defects. Congenital Cervical Kyphosis usually develops as a result of the cervical spine not developing completely resulting in the spine growing abnormally as the child grows.
Trauma: A trauma to the neck is yet another potential cause for Cervical Kyphosis. Most common forms of trauma causing Cervical Kyphosis are motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall, or getting injured while playing contact sports. In such cases, the ligaments tend to tear causing the spine to push forward causing Cervical Kyphosis.