Curvature of the Spine
There may be nothing more painful than back and spine issues, but unfortunately they are becoming more and more common among the general population.
While some issues are caused by aging, the vast majority are brought on by one form of soft tissue injury or another. Having said that, there are spinal conditions that have poor posture at the root of the issue, with the most common of those being Kyphosis, Scoliosis, and Lordosis.
All three of those result in a curvature of the spine, but while they all fall under the same umbrella, they each have different characteristics that separate them.
The curvature that is brought on by Kyphosis makes the patient appear to be slouched over. This is caused by a curvature that makes the spine bow outwards,
which is why it is sometimes referred to as a roundback or hunchback issue.
The most common causes of Kyphosis tend to be degenerative diseases, fractures that are brought on by osteoporosis, the slipping of one vertebra over another and some sort of injury.
The slumped posture is the most obvious sign of Kyphosis, but sufferers may also experience mild back pain, fatigue, and breathing problems if the condition is especially severe. Surgery is often required to correct the condition, but there is also a possibility that a medical brace may be enough to help.
Scoliosis is somewhat different from other spinal problems in that it is nor the result of poor posture or injury.
It is in fact a congenital or hereditary issue that can be present at birth.
The condition causes the spine to pull to the side and ends up causing it to take on an S or C shape, depending on the severity of the condition.
Idiopathic Scoliosis is a form of the condition that is found in children, with teenage girls being the most likely to be at risk.
The problem tends to be that the patient doesn't feel any pain, and it's not until the curvature becomes visibly apparent that people seek treatment.
At that point it is often too late for any real help to be given, but if scoliosis is diagnosed early enough, it can be
stabilized to prevent the curvature from worsening over time.
The condition of Lordosis, which is sometimes referred to as swayback, results in the patient's having
a concave curvature of the spine in the lower back area. Strangely enough, the condition may make it look as though
the sufferer has a strong back, the truth is quite the opposite and it can result in sever lower back pain.
While the condition is often a result of a thickness difference within the intervertebral disc, it can also be brought
on by a muscle strength imbalance. With that in mind, treatment often involves building up strength in the hips and thighs,
which is usually the areas in which the imbalances take place.