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Are You Suffering From Flatback Syndrome?
The normal spine has an S-shaped curve when viewed from the lateral side. These curves help in keeping your body’s centre of gravity in line which allow you to walk and move around normally. The cervical spine has an inward curve, also known as lordosis, while the thoracic spine has an outward curve, also known as kyphosis. The lower back or the lumbar spine has an inward curve (lordosis), while the sacrum has an outward curve (kyphosis).
A few people lose that inward curve of the lumbar spine, leading to the flatback syndrome. This can cause the centre of gravity to shift too far forward, resulting in back pain and problems standing upright.
People suffering from severe flatback syndrome, their condition could result from compression fractures, ankylosing spondylitis or degenerative disc disease. Therefore, it’s essential to consult a doctor for evaluation.
According to Columbia University, a majority of patients can be treated by exercises and physical therapy to increase flexibility in the lower back. If physical therapy and exercises fail, surgery may be needed to ease pain and correct the alignment of the spine.
For more in-depth information on what to do if you have Flatback Syndrome, visit our in-depth guide of what it is and how to treat it.