Most cases can be diagnosed during a physical exam. Some cases are found at school during a scoliosis check. Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done to look for abnormal curve in the spine, rounded shoulders, and a hump on the back. Your doctor may refer you to a specialist in spine problems.
Tests may include the following:
- X-ray of the spine—test that uses radiation to take a picture of structures inside the body
- Pulmonary function tests—measure how well you are able to breath; some severe cases of kyphosis can impair breathing