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Alpine Physical Therapy
Three Locations
In North, South, and Downtown Missoula
Missoula, MT 59804
Ph: 406-251-2323
Fax: 406-251-2999

Child Orthopedics
Pain Management
Spine - Cervical
Spine - General
Spine - Lumbar
Spine - Thoracic

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What is a Dowager's Hump?

In the English language, "dowager" refers to an elderly woman. The term Dowagerís hump describes an increased curve in the upper back. The change in the position of the bones causes a bump or hump to form along the back of the neck. The correct medical term for this condition is kyphosis. Kyphosis occurs when aging and weak bones collapse along the front border of the spine. The vertebral bones take on a wedge or pie shape causing the spine to curve forward. This can happen to men or women.


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