Kyphosis can affect the young or the old. This curvature of the upper back, or cervical spine. Sometimes referred to as hunchback, kyphosis results from improper development of the spine in the young. Poor posture is blamed on youth with kyphosis, but the condition is not something a juvenile or adolescent can change without the proper treatment. In the elderly, arthritis and osteoporosis can cause compression fractures of the vertebrae that cause the spine to bend into a C. This condition can cause more than just pain. It can also lead to respiratory failure and death. Braces are the first choice for correcting kyphosis. Severe cases can require surgery to fuse the vertebra in place. A 3-D model can be bent to mimic the C shape of the spine and gives an all-around view. These options aid in diagnosis, brace prescription, and pre-planning surgery when necessary. By choosing the best option for correcting this condition with the implementation of a 3-D model, expensive, unnecessary surgeries might be avoided.