As a kid, your mom was always telling you to sit up straight, right? At the time, it probably felt like an annoying attempt for her to tell you what to do. As soon as her back was turned, you went right back to comfortably slouching in your chair.
If this is you, we’ve got some bad news: your bad posture could be a sign of a spine curve disorder.
Why does this matter? Read on to learn everything you need to know about your spine curve so you can correct any problems before it’s too late.
Types of Spine Curve
The first thing to know is that your spine is actually supposed to curve. A healthy spine has slight curvatures that make it look like an S-shape from the side.
In fact, the curves in your spine help support your movement and absorb impacts that might put more stress on your body. You should naturally have a neck, mid-back, hip, and lower back curve.
Problems arise when you have a spine curve disorder. Simply put, your spine curves too much or in the wrong places. Let’s look at the different types of spine curve disorders.
Lordosis Spine Disorder
This disorder occurs when you have a significant inward curve at your lower back. It’s often referred to as “swayback.”
Lordosis can be caused by several things. For instance, your bones not growing normally, osteoporosis, and obesity can all cause Lordosis, among other issues.
Lordosis can change your appearance and make your buttocks look more pronounced. You may experience back pain and difficulty moving certain ways with this disorder.
How do you know if you have lordosis? When you lay on the ground, check to see if there is a big gap between your low back and the ground. If you’re unable to flatten your back and close the gap, you may have lordosis.
Kyphosis Spine Disorder
Kyphosis happens when your upper back is significantly rounded. Poor posture can cause this disorder; however, it could also develop in utero if your vertebrae do not develop properly.
Other causes of kyphosis include arthritis, osteoporosis, spine tumors, and more. This spine disorder does not cause pain, but it does change your appearance. You may have a hump in your upper back, or your head may be positioned forward ahead of the rest of your body.
Discomfort can occur when you stand or sit in one position for too long with this spinal disorder.
Scoliosis Spine Disorder
The last type of spinal curve disorder is scoliosis, which is when your spine has a side S or C-shaped curve.
The causes of scoliosis aren’t as clear as lordosis or kyphosis; however, this disorder can be genetic. It could also be caused by a disease, birth defect, or accident.
When you have scoliosis, your hips or shoulder blades may be uneven. Your body likely leans to one side over the other with this spinal disorder.
Treating Spine Curve Disorders
If you suspect you have a spine curve disorder, the first thing you should do is consult your doctor. They can take x-rays and refer you to a specialist if needed. From there, you can get the proper treatment.
Treatment may include exercises, medication, spine adjustments, wearing a back brace, and more.
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