What is Swayback Posture?
Swayback happens when the pelvis is slightly tipped forward resulting in an exaggeration of the curve in the spine. Normal spinal curvature shows curves at three areas, the neck, torso, and lower back. These curves work to distribute weight, provide optimal balance, and reduce stress on the body during movements. When the spine curves in too far this is referred to as swayback, a deformity that is usually found in the lower back, leading to pain and limited mobility in some cases.
What Causes Swayback?
"Lordosis or swayback can affect people of any age. Certain conditions can contribute, including achondroplasia, discitis, kyphosis, obesity, osteoporosis and spondylolisthesis" (Cedar-Sinai.org).
Initial Treatment for Swayback
Seeing a chiropractor or physical therapist to evaluate your spinal curvature is a great first step in determining if you require treatment or other interventions for your spinal health. Both types of practitioners are well educated in these matters and regularly provide hands-on treatment for spinal issues.
Your practitioner may have you perform some activities to evaluate how your curvature reacts, such as asking you to bend forward to see how flexible the curve is. If the curve does not change when bending additional treatment may be needed.
After the initial evaluation your chiropractor or physical therapist will make a treatment plan with milestones in place that will help determine if the treatment is benefiting the patient. It is very important to keep up with all scheduled appointments and your treatment plan.
In addition to combating the curve using exercise and spinal manipulation, your practitioner may suggest you speak to your doctor regarding taking pain medication to help with pain and swelling.
Depending on the severity of the curve and/or related pain, you may be referred to outside specialists in conjunction with communications with your primary care physician.
We Can Help!
We at Advantage Health & Wellness are partnered with Allied Physical therapy in Norwood and Framingham. We offer our experience and knowledge in spinal conditions to our local community and beyond. Please contact us at one of our convenient locations to talk about treatment for Swayback or any other spinal problems.
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