What your Posture may be Trying to Tell You

January 17, 2019 | Back Pain

Very few people have perfect posture, so you’ve probably heard “stand up straight” or “stop slouching” from your parents once or twice in your life. While slouching may be considered unflattering, it isn’t always a sign there’s an underlying issue and you need to make an appointment with a back pain specialist. But what if your poor posture is a sign of something more serious? If you have back pain associated with poor posture, you may be experiencing one of the following conditions:

  • Scoliosis – probably the most commonly know back condition, scoliosis is an abnormal curving of the spine into either a “C” or “S” shape. There are varying degrees of scoliosis and not all of them require you to see a back pain specialist. However, if you are experiencing lower back pain, feel fatigue from standing for extended periods of time, have uneven hips, or feel like your weight is always shifted to one side, it may be a sign your scoliosis warrants a visit to a back specialist. Learn more about scoliosis here.
  • Lordosis – a result of several back conditions, lordosis is an inward curving of the spine in a shape called swayback. It is characterized by a pronounced buttock, fatigue, and stiffness in the spine, back pain, and tenderness. With lordosis, if a person lies on the floor or a hard surface, there will be a gap between the floor and the lower back. If this sounds familiar, it’s time to go see a back pain specialist. Learn more about lordosis here.
  • Kyphosis – commonly referred to as hunchback, kyphosis is an abnormal curving of the spine that rounds the back outward. There are many different causes, including chronic slouching during adolescence, uneven hip flexors, and degenerative diseases. If you experience back pain, fatigue, tenderness or stiffness in the spine, or have a permanently slouched posture, these are all signs of kyphosis. Learn more about kyphosis here.

If you experience pain from slouching or poor posture, a back pain specialist may be able to get you back to a pain-free life. For each of these conditions, Coastal Spine won’t immediately turn to surgery for treatment. First, we will try physical therapy and monitor your progress and pain. Schedule an appointment here.