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Dr. Sethuraman of Spine Physicians Institute is committed to excellence by pledging to provide the highest quality of spinal care possible. Along with the treatment of immediate or chronic problems, he strives to integrate the doctrine of prevention in all our treatment plans as a way to alleviate possible future difficulties.

Dr. Sethuraman is pleased to have you as a patient. If you have any questions, always feel free to contact the office and our trained staff will assist you in any way possible.

A visit to the doctor is typically brought on by a scoliosis screening examination at school, a child’s or parent’s concern about the cosmetic deformity of a rounded back, or pain.

The doctor may ask the child to bend forward so that the slope of the spine can be assessed. X-rays of the spine will show if there are any bony abnormalities. X-rays will also help measure the degree of the kyphotic curve. A kyphotic curve that is more than 50° is considered abnormal.

Postural kyphosis is the most common type of kyphosis. It is often attributed to slouching. It represents an exaggerated, but flexible, increase of the natural curve of the spine.

Postural kyphosis usually becomes noticeable during adolescence. It is more common among girls than boys. It rarely causes pain.

Although exercise to strengthen the abdomen and stretch the hamstrings may help relieve associated discomfort, it is unlikely to result in significant correction of the postural kyphosis. With occasional exceptions, postural kyphosis does not lead to problems in adult life.