Kyphosis, also known informally as “hunchback” or “round back,” is a spinal disorder. It causes a forward rounding of the back, resulting in a visible hump on the upper back. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including osteoporosis, spinal fractures, and developmental problems. It may even result from poor posture.
Symptoms of Kyphosis
The most obvious symptom of kyphosis is the forward rounding of the upper back, which can cause a “hunchback” appearance. Other symptoms may include:
- Back pain
- Stiffness in the back
- Fatigue in the back muscles
- Limited mobility
- Breathing difficulties
- Digestive issues
Causes of Kyphosis
Kyphosis can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
- Osteoporosis: A condition in which bones become weak and brittle, making them more likely to fracture.
- Spinal fractures: Fractures in the vertebrae can cause the spine to collapse and lead to kyphosis.
- Developmental problems: Kyphosis can be caused by congenital deformities in the spine or problems with growth and development.
- Scheuermann’s disease: This condition affects the vertebrae in the thoracic spine, causing them to wedge together and create a hunchback appearance.
- Poor posture: This is the most common cause of kyphosis, particularly in children and young adults.
Treatments for Kyphosis
The treatment for kyphosis depends on the underlying cause and the severity of the condition. Treatment options may include:
- Physical therapy: Exercises that help to strengthen the back muscles and improve posture.
- Bracing: A brace can be used to prevent further progression of the curve and improve posture.
- Medications: Medications such as pain relievers, muscle relaxants, and anti-inflammatory drugs may be prescribed to manage pain and stiffness.
- Surgery: Surgery may be recommended for severe cases, particularly if the condition is causing breathing or other serious health problems.
How Kyphosis Can Impact Your Ability to Work
Kyphosis can impact your ability to work in a number of ways. The severity of the impact depends on the severity of the condition and the type of work you do. Some of the ways that kyphosis can affect your ability to work include:
- Limited mobility: Kyphosis can make it difficult to move around and perform physical tasks, such as lifting and carrying.
- Pain and fatigue: Kyphosis can cause chronic pain and fatigue, which can make it difficult to concentrate and perform tasks effectively.
- Difficulty breathing: In severe cases, kyphosis can cause breathing difficulties. This can impact your ability to perform physical tasks and even lead to respiratory failure.
Qualifying for Long-Term Disability Benefits
If your kyphosis is severe enough to impact your ability to work, you may be eligible for long-term disability benefits. To qualify for these benefits, you must meet the following criteria:
- You must have a long-term disability insurance policy.
- You must meet the definition of disability as defined by your disability insurance policy.
How an Attorney Can Help You Get the Disability Benefits You Deserve
If you are unable to work due to kyphosis, you may qualify for disability benefits. It can be difficult to navigate the process of filing a claim for disability benefits on your own. This is where an experienced attorney can help.
A disability attorney can guide you through the process of applying for benefits. They will help you gather the necessary medical evidence to support your claim. They can also help you prepare any appeals or lawsuits that may be necessary to obtain your benefits.
Kyphosis can be a crippling condition that can impact your ability to work and carry out daily activities. If you are struggling with kyphosis and are unable to work, it is important to explore your options for disability benefits.
With the help of an experienced attorney, you can obtain the benefits you deserve. We will pick up the fight so you can get the support you need to focus on your health. Call Ortiz Law Firm at (888) 321-8131 or contact us online to schedule your free case evaluation.