Weakness and the Development of Abnormal Spinal Anatomy

By | February 26, 2014

Our society places so little importance on physical strength that most of my patients have no idea that they are really 250-pound weaklings.

Our society places so little importance on physical strength that most of my patients have no idea that they are really 250-pound weaklings.

The first thing to understand that the problems of stiffness and deconditioning that afflict so many older Americans really start years or decades before patients begin to experience symptoms. The reason for this is that modern society places so little importance on physical strength that most of my patients at Schlesinger Pain Centers have no idea that they are really 250-pound weaklings. Secondly just because you are willing to accept a weak back doesn’t mean that the bones in your spine are. By the time most patients begin to feel pain it is because their paraspinal muscles can no longer support the weight of their spinal columns. The bones have moved out of proper alignment and can cause pain via the development of arthritis or via compression of spinal nerves. The anatomy can be disturbed by translation in any of the three directions, via rotation about the spinal axis, bending of that axis or by a combination of these abnormalities. In the upcoming blogs we will examine each of these distortions of the normal anatomy in detail with special emphasis on what if anything can be done to ameliorate the situation.


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