The Lordotic Spinal Curve and Baton Rouge Chiropractic Care

Spinal Curve = Back Pain? Ah, that’s the question…or is it? Just what effect does a curve have on the spine? Does it cause back pain? [[comanyname]]’s Baton Rouge chiropractic care takes care of all spines, painful, curved, and flat. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation is certainly interested in the curve of the spine (Anything about the spine fascinates your Baton Rouge chiropractor!) but not intimidated by it. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation is well equipped to manage back pain and alleviate its pain whether due to a curve or not.

Just what is a spinal curve? There are three main types: lordotic (sway back type that curves inward), kyphotic (bulging type that curves outward) and scoliotic (curvy type that curves side to side). There are researchers and chiropractors and other back pain specialists who will discuss the spinal curve’s influence on back pain and motion…or not. When does a curve matter? If there’s back pain.

One set of researchers compared spinal curve types in people without low back pain. They found that a flat lordotic spine seems to produce more degenerated discs at L4-5. This finding leads them to believe that spinal sagittal alignment plays a role in early disc degeneration. (1) Ok. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation does see disc degeneration in young and older Baton Rouge chiropractic patients alike, in curvier spines and flatter spines.

Another group of researchers studied the spinal curve changes in pregnant women. They report that sitting and standing are quite difficult in the third trimester, but they found no overall tendency for significant lumbar spine curve changes during pregnancy. (2) Hum. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation sees back pain in our Baton Rouge pregnant chiropractic ladies and offers gentle relieving care of pregnancy-related back pain in the form of Cox Technic delivered in a side-lying position.

Another set of authors reports that the lumbar spine has different patterns at different levels when an athlete does squats. The lower lumbar spine seems less overloaded during unrestricted squats: the trunk and lumbosacral spine don’t lean as forward.  (3) Ok. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation sees plenty of athletes with back pain and helps them with back pain relief and recovery with Baton Rouge chiropractic care so they can return to their sports and athletic endeavors as strong and painfree as possible.

Another assembly of researchers just reported that female spines are different from male spines when it comes to lordosis. It’s been said that women are evolutionally adapted to have greater lumbar lordosis to help with pregnancy load bearing. Is that true? Well, this study found that women do have greater lumbar lordosis than men when standing but not supine (lying on their backs). Maybe this means the female spine has better range of motion. Interesting. There is also the fact that there are differences in posture due to sacral orientation and structure due to the wedging of the vertebral bodies between the male and female spine. (4) Great to know! Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation welcomes male and female back pain sufferers.

One research article states it best:

“There is a large, at times contradictory, body of research relating spinal curvature to low back pain (LBP). Mechanical load is considered an important factor in LBP etiology. Geometry of the spinal structures and sagittal curvature of the lumbar spine govern its mechanical behavior.” (5)

Back pain often stems from the load it takes and the way the spine is structured and curves. (5) So what’s a chiropractor to do? What does a Baton Rouge back pain specialist look for when back pain presents itself? Your Baton Rouge chiropractor looks at it all. The chiropractic examination that Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation performs is likely the most thorough you’ve experienced yet! Back pain results from many different combinations of issues. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation studies them all.

Bottomline: If your back hurts, the curve may or may not play a role in the pain. If your back hurts, your Baton Rouge chiropractor can help alleviate the back pain regardless of the curve. Contact Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation today for Baton Rouge back pain relief. 

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