4 Things Women Of All Ages Should Know To Prevent And Treat ‘Dowager’s Hump’

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When we’re born, we immediately begin growing at a rapid rate. At a certain point, of course, we stop growing and slowly start to age.

It turns out that there are things we do every day that can age us, like watching too much TV or drinking out of a straw.

Some things can be prevented, but at the end of the day, getting older is just a part of life. This can include shrinking or getting shorter as you get older.

The University of Arkansas explains that, after age 30, women can lose up to three inches in the course their lifetime. This is because the cartilage between our joints wears down as we get older. A related sign of aging is the development of a Dowager’s hump.

Dowager’s hump is a nickname for a condition called kyphosis. Posture Resource defines it as “an abnormal, outward curvatature of the thoracic vertebrae of the upper back — a visible hump along the back of the spine, and the head juts forward.”

Luckily, this condition can be prevented.  Read on and learn about the causes and prevention:

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What Is A Dowager's Hump?

What Is A Dowager's Hump?

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You’ve probably noticed a Dowager’s hump on people before, but perhaps not really known what it was called.

Officially called kyphosis, the condition is a forward rounding of the back that causes a “hunched over” look, according to the Mayo Clinic. It can affect anyone of any age but tends to be seen in women as they get older.

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