Flat back syndrome is characterized by a lack of natural curves commonly found in all spines. As a result of this, the appearance of the spine is much flatter than normal.
Flat back syndrome occurs when the lumbar spine is locked in extension/backwards and is generally caused by any condition that shortens the front portion of the spine, causing the patient to lean forward. Muscles contributing to this condition consist of the spinalis thoracis, iliocostalis thoracis, longissimus thoracis and the posterior intercostals. Not having the natural curve in your back affects your body’s ability to equally distribute the load causing lower back pain to occur. Symptoms generally worsen as the day progresses and the patient feels as if they lean further and further forward, the longer they stand upright. The imbalance that flat back syndrome causes has a negative effect on patients, as they feel as if their muscles are fatigued and are in pain.
Many patients with lumbar flat back syndrome can be treated without surgery and generally involve exercises to stretch and relieve tension upon the muscles that have shortened and become overactive. Physical therapy and chiropractic spinal manipulation may also be beneficial depending on the severity of the patient’s symptoms and medications in the form of NSAIDS, can also be administered to help reduce the patient’s pain.
Flat Back Syndrome is an abnormal condition that doesn’t affect many patients and can be defined as a reduction in the natural curve of the spine. Lumbar flat back syndrome is a rare condition and can be treated by seeking a chiropractor, who can derive exercises and a management plan including spinal manipulation, to return the curve back to normal. Improving the curve helps reduce the pain by distributing the load evenly throughout the various segments involved.
Lakeside Chiropractic, can help you in returning your natural curve back to normal and aid in reducing that back pain that has been bothering you for some time. Lakeside Chiropractic is located in Joondalup (North of Perth CBD) and has visitors from many northern suburbs including Leederville, Yanchep, Yokine, Woodvale, Tapping, Ocean reef, Quinn’s Rock and Darch. With HICAPS facilities on site to assist in the expense of your treatment. We are a part of the BUPA Members first network and also Medibank preferred providers; however, we do accept many others including, HIF, HBF, NIB, etc. To book an appointment you can contact us on 93000095 and speak with our receptionist or book via our website www.lakesidechiro.com.au. We look forward to hearing from you soon and treating your condition.