Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

If you or your child has signs or symptoms common to kyphosis, make an appointment with your family doctor. He or she may refer you to a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of spine disorders.

What you can do

Before your appointment, you may want to write a list of answers to the following questions:

  • When did you first notice the symptoms?
  • Did any back injuries happen around the same time?
  • Have any close biological relatives had similar signs and symptoms or been diagnosed with a spine disorder?
  • What medications and supplements do you take regularly?

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor may ask some of the following questions:

  • Is there any pain? If so, where exactly does it hurt?
  • Do symptoms include fever, chills or unexplained weight loss?
  • Do symptoms include weakness, numbness, difficulty walking, or changes in bladder or bowel habits?
  • Do symptoms include fatigue or shortness of breath?
Jun. 14, 2012