Low Back Pain, Lordosis, and Chiropractic
What is a lordosis ? Lordosis refers to the normal inward or “c” shaped curve present in the neck and low back. The word “lordosis” is Greek in origin and means “bent backwards.” The curves or arches present in the spine are important to distribute forces throughout the spine and absorb forces or “shock.” Throughout these curves are many joints formed by the discs of the spine, bony structures, and ligaments that allow us to move in all different directions. Loss of the lumbar lordosis or straightening of the spine has been associated with low back pain. This is because as the curve in the low back straightens it increases the amount of force place on the discs of the spine. This can cause the disc to degenerate or herniate and place pressures on the nerves of the low back. Loss of lumbar lordosis is caused by muscle imbalances, poor posture, and poor spinal biomechanics amongst others. Chiropractic is safe, gentle, and effective for low back pain. Chiropractic works to increase the function of the joints of the spine, therefore, reducing symptoms such as tightness and pain.
Dr. David Satterfield, Chiropractor