The Swedish Neuroscience Institute treats many types of spinal deformities including kyphosis, which occurs when the curve of the spine is exaggerated outward, causing a hunchback.


At the Swedish Neuroscience Institute, we usually recommend starting your treatment with conservative care. This can include physical therapy, massage therapy, aquatics, epidural steroid injections, acupuncture, chiropractic treatments and various other methods of pain management. You’ll meet with specialists to determine a treatment plan based on your condition.


If there is no significant improvement in your symptoms after six weeks or more, your spine specialist may recommend surgery. Options include:

  • Laminectomy, surgery to remove the lamina, a bone at the back of each vertebra, from the affected area of the spine. This helps relieve pressure on your spinal cord or a nerve running out from your spinal cord.
  • Spinal fusion, a type of surgery used to join two or more vertebrae through the use of supplementary bone tissue and spinal instrumentation. Spinal fusion removes the damaged tissue and locks two or more vertebrae in place. This prevents unwanted movement that can lead to irritation and inflammation of the spinal nerves.
It’s important to talk with your surgeon about surgical options, recovery times and possible complications. While our spine specialists are trusted experts in the field, you also will have a large role in the process because decisions need to be made in the context of your life.

To have a spinal condition assessed by a Swedish spine specialist, schedule a consultation online or call 206-320-BACK (2225).

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