Kyphosis is an excessive bending or stretching of the vertebrae that leads to a hump (especially in the thoracic spine), a hollow back (in the lumbar spine) or to a flat back (straight spine).
The spine’s usual form is supported by the interaction of bones, ligaments and muscles. If one part is weakened, or in the event of excessive strain, a malposition will initially occur. Long-term weakness or strain can then cause a deformity of the spine, called kyphosis. Kyphosis can affect single parts, or all parts of the spine.
Kyphosis can occur in children and adolescents (Scheuermann's Disease), in adults (Bechterew's Disease or at old age (as part of an osteoporosis). All patients suffer from back pain. Depending on the kyphosis’ severity, it may also result in restricted movements. Especially children may suffer from social isolation by mobbing. Pronounced kyphosis, especially in the chest area can impair breathing, because the lung is unable to fully inflate when inhaling.
The treatment depends on the type and cause of the kyphosis. It ranges from medication to physiotherapeutic exercises and usage of girdles to surgical corrections. Which treatment is necessary in each specific case depends on so many factors, that the affected person should discuss this with his doctor.
Several years of work in academia, medical practice and finally commercialization make it possible to provide an end-to-end process to help users to “find the appropriate medical help based on their present symptoms”. Below you will find a short explanation, showing you which part of the platform will help you best in finding the appropriate medical support.
Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
Click on the appropriate body part on the picture. Select one/multiple symptoms corresponding to your complaint.
You can also add symptoms by typing your medical complaint in the search box and selecting the best matching suggestion.
Note: Your information will be kept anonymously.
Once you have selected all applicable symptoms, click the “analyze disease pattern”-button.
Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
You can inform yourself about the possible diseases by reading the related information. But you can also return to the previous step and add more symptoms or delete already added ones to further narrow down your disease pattern.
Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
If you are logged in with your profile, you will be displayed the appropriate doctors in your area. Otherwise you can enter an address in the “address” field and you will be displayed a doctor’s list around that specified address.
You will receive further information about the displayed doctors when you press on “details”.
Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
Click on “Book appointment” to start the online appointment booking process with the desired doctor.
Please select an available appointment. “Green“ appointments are booked directly. “Red“ appointments need to be confirmed by the doctor.
Enter your general personal and health information.
Enter your present medical symptoms.
Enter your mobile phone number to identify yourself and you can finalize the appointment booking.
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