Flatback Syndrome, characterized by extreme lordosis of the spine, has a profound effect on the posture, balance, and general wellness of anyone suffering from it. It’s an obvious condition, but its vast array of negative consequences may not manifest immediately. Instead, they’ll slowly reduce the quality of life for a person over years and years of unnecessary stress and strain. Some common conditions that develop alongside Flatback Syndrome may include:
- Strain and degeneration of hip flexor muscles;
- Fatigue and exhaustion when standing;
- Chronic knee, hamstring, quadriceps, and gluteal pain;
- Increased chance of disc herniation;
- Increased chance of disc degeneration.
Flatback Syndrome can range in severity and severity generally correlates with age. In younger patients experiencing lordosis, corrective action may be possible through proper chiropractic adjustments over time.
At Ideal Spine Health Center in Boise, ID, we specialize in assessing conditions of lordosis and Flatback Syndrome. Using Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), we quantify the severity of this condition in order to map potential adjustments for restoring spinal curvature.
Assessing the spine
Because lordosis affects the cervical and lumbar regions of the spine, calculating the spinal curvature of these regions is an imperative first step. Through radiological imaging, CBP chiropractors can geometrically calculate curvature. These figures can then be juxtaposed with “neutral spine” curvature to calculate deviation. In most Flatback Syndrome cases, this deviation will be substantial.
Both data sets represent two invaluable variables: the starting point and the goal curvature. And, because both are known and quantified, a CBP chiropractor can model a course of action to bridge them. Incremental adjustment can serve as the path back to spinal wellness.
In most cases, a return to neutral spine isn’t possible, simply due to the degree of lordosis. Nevertheless, knowing this curvature and using it as a benchmark offers chiropractors and patients a goal that can subsequently be parsed into the individual degrees of adjustment that CBP encourages. It represents progress, which can be a powerful motivator for someone plagued with Flatback Syndrome.
Managing Flatback Syndrome
While a certain level of healthful curvature can sometimes be attained through a measured chiropractic approach, Flatback Syndrome does not have a cure. In many cases – especially those presenting in adults who have already matured through all phases of spinal development – chiropractic only serves to be a mitigation tool to slow down degenerative effects.
Through measured adjustments, a chiropractor may be able to help a sufferer of Flatback Syndrome develop coping mechanisms for their condition. This generally involves resolving subluxations as they develop, teaching better posturing habits, maintaining range of motion, and keeping nerve pathways open. Though a person’s outward appearance may not change, the health of the spine can still be preserved.
If you’re living with Flatback Syndrome or extreme levels of lordosis, you’re probably aware of the daily setbacks it can cause. It’s important not to give up in managing this condition, however. The team at Ideal Spine Health Center in Boise, ID wants to help you maintain your spine to its fullest levels using CBP. For more information about living with lordosis or to schedule a free consultation with our trained staff, please get in touch with us today.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.