Your child’s healthcare provider can diagnose kyphosis with a complete health history of your child, a physical exam, and certain tests. He or she will want to know if there is any family history of kyphosis. He or she will also ask about developmental milestones since some types of kyphosis can be linked to other neuromuscular problems.
Your child may need these tests:
X-rays. This test can make images of internal tissues, bones, and organs. It can measure the angle of your child’s spinal curve. Treatment is often based on this measurement.
Bone scans. This test can rule out any infection or broken bones in your child’s back.
This test uses a combination of large magnets, radiofrequencies, and a computer to
make detailed images of organs and structures within the body. It can rule out any
other problems of the spinal cord and nerves.
CT scan. This test uses X-rays and a computer to make detailed images of the body.
Finding kyphosis early is important for successful treatment. If the condition is left
untreated, it can lead to problems with lung function. Healthcare providers, and even
some school programs, routinely look for signs of kyphosis in children. Your child may
need some other tests such as pulmonary function testing to see if there is any impact
on your child's breathing.