Back Pain & Conditions

Muscles & Poor Posture: The Low down on which ones are too tight and which ones are too weak.

[Updated on 1 June 2020] If you have poor posture, chances are you already know, and one of the indicators could be external aching from several points in your body, including your shoulders that might have tipped you off. However, it is important to note that pains and aches aren’t the only things that bad posture can do to your body. The real problem is that it can weaken your muscles, exposing you to serious injuries. Poor posture is caused by a host of things. If you are constantly stuck at your computer, your shoulders tend to hunch forward, and your back is forced to hunch forward hours at a time. In case you have other health complications like depression, stress and, inflammation can only make your problem worse. If you don’t stretch and exercise daily; this kind of discomfort will contribute to sleepless nights, waking up stiff, starting a…

10 Facts about Compression Fractures

[Updated on 1 March 2021] 1. Usually occurs on the thoracic region (T1 to T12) and the Lumbar region (L1 to L5). Even more common on the T9 to L1 vertebra. A weakening on a vertebral bone that causes a fracture resulting in it being irregularly shaped. 2. Symptoms ● Lower back pain that worsens when you stand or walk. ● Tightening of internal organs resulting to a bulging stomach. ● Weight loss. ● Kyphosis. 3. Types of compression fractures ● Wedge fracture – the most common type. Where the front portion of the vertebra collapses leaving a wedge shaped irregularity. ● Crush fracture – the entire vertebra is compromised from front to the back. ● Burst fracture – all sides of the vertebra is damaged causing it to shorten on either side. 4. Causes ● Osteoporosis is the leading cause of compression fracture. It is a bone disease where…

Ways to Diagnose Thoracic Kyphosis Symptoms

[Updated on 1 June 2020] When you have back discomfort or pain (mild or severe) it could be due to overuse, muscle strain or sometimes thoracic kyphosis.  A doctor has many ways to diagnose thoracic kyphosis including physically examining you to see whether you have bad posture. He or she will examine the curvature of your kyphotic curve, which is a type of curve that is present in the spine around the chest area. It is this curve that determines your posture as you walk, sit or stand. An exaggerated kyphotic curve (curved more than 40 to 45 degrees) is a sign that you may have thoracic kyphosis. Types of Thoracic Kyphosis Symptoms There are several types of adult kyphosis but we will just look at five: Post-traumatic Kyphosis When your spine is injured there is a huge risk that you will develop kyphosis or experience nerve problems in the…

What is Kyphosis? Causes, Symptoms And Treatment

What is Kyphosis? Defining Kyphosis [Updated on 1 June 2020] Typically, a healthy spine runs straight throughout its entire length, with two curvatures – one on the upper portion of your back and the other opposite of it. The upper part the spine is known as the thoracic kyphosis. The thoracic kyphosis runs from the shoulders down to the bottom of the ribcage and has a gentle rounding with about a 20-degree to 45-degree angle. Opposite the thoracic kyphosis, is the curvature at the bottom of the spine called the lumbar lordosis. It is important to note that the spine is a vital part of the human body as it serves as the primary support for your core body. So its proper function is a vital part of your overall health. If an individual’s spine appears to have an exaggerated curve as opposed to the gentle 20-degree to45-degree angle, it is possible…

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