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The Different Spinal Conditions and How to Know the Difference

There are many different spinal conditions that can cause pain and discomfort.

Some conditions are hereditary, while others are not. However, all of them can be treated and managed for a much more pain-free existence with chiropractic care.

Chances are if you are suffering from back or neck pain for long periods of time, you could have a spinal condition. Here are a few of the different spinal conditions and how we can determine the difference between them.

Text Neck or Forward Head Posture

textneckWhile the name might give you an idea of how this condition happens, simply put, this condition is caused by the posture formed by leaning over a cell phone or tablet while reading and texting. By holding the head at an extended angle for long periods of time, it adds pressure and weight to the spinal column.

This prolonged posture is adding stress that can lead to early wear and tear. However, corrective chiropractic care can assist in correcting the improper posture and keep wear and tear at bay.

Sciatica

Another common condition people struggle with is Sciatica.

This condition is caused by injury or pressure on the sciatic nerve, which comes out of your lower spine and runs down the backside of your leg. In turn, people struggling with Sciatica may have pain, weakness, numbness, and even tingling in their leg(s). Symptoms of sciatica come about only after they have irritated their sciatic nerve. How the irritation comes about and what the mechanical problem is differs from patient to patient.

Once properly diagnosed and the proper treatment initiated, Sciatica relief often go away within just a few weeks.

Scoliosis

One spinal condition that many people struggle with is Scoliosis, or the curvature of the spine. This occurs when the spine curves slightly or greatly to the left or the right. It can curve at the top, the bottom, or can curve across the center of the spine. The curve may also occur both at the top and at the bottom.

Usually, Scoliosis develops gradually and is generally not that painful in the initial stages. However, as it becomes more severe, it will start to hurt and can cause the person to stand and walk differently. As the spine curves, it pulls on the ligaments, muscles and bones attached to it, leading to degeneration in the spinal joints over time and may predispose the spinal discs to uneven distribution of force. IN the most severe cases, it can even lead to breathing issues and heart problems.

It sometimes can be easy to tell scoliosis apart from other back issues because the curvature of the spine can be seen from the outside. Generally, the school nurse will check children for Scoliosis on a yearly basis, but a simple X-Ray is the best way to diagnose the condition.

The curvature of the spine in this case can be realigned through a series of adjustments at our office. Additional postural exercises for the back muscles and proper posture can assist in maintaining the proper curvature of the spine.

The Health by Logic Way

At Health by Logic, we take a very logical approach to diagnosing and treating these similar, yet very different, spinal conditions. If you’re experiencing any neck or low back pain in Beavercreek, Ohio, contact us today to schedule a consultation, so we can get you on your way to a healthier, pain-free daily standard of living.