Postural kyphosis can be prevented by encouraging your child to adopt good postural habits and to take care of their back.
In particular they should:
- avoid slouching
- sit upright while making sure they have support in the small of their back
- avoid carrying over-heavy satchels or schoolbags that can pull on the muscles and ligaments of the back; the best schoolbag for your child is a well-designed backpack
- take regular exercise as this will strengthen your child's back and also help to keep it flexible - activities such as swimming, jogging and walking are ideal to help prevent back problems
For more information see the Live Well sections on:
- Congenital means a condition that is present at birth. It could be hereditary or develop during pregnancy.
- Hormone replacement therapy
- Hormone replacement therapy or HRT involves giving hormones to women when the menopause starts, to replace those that the body no longer produces.
- The spine supports the skeleton and surrounds and protects the delicate spinal cord and nerves. It is made up of 33 bones called the vertebrae.