Some obvious information is that humans have two legs, which means biped. What you may not know is that this causes a lot greater load on our spines than that of our four legged friends. Conditions such as osteoarthritis may appear much sooner in life because of this stress on our backs. Almost 90 percent of the population has one leg that is shorter than the other, which causes the pelvis to tilt down on the side with the shorter leg. All of this leads to increased pain in the back and neck. A simple quick fix would be a heel lift in the shoe, but women have some other anatomical, physiological, and social challenges when it comes to back pain. So Springfield women and back pain have to think a little differently to overcome the problem.
Women’s pelvises are naturally wider than men’s, in order to be able to give birth. A wider pelvis means a greater Q angle or knock knee measurement in women. The larger the Q angle, the less stable the pelvis will be. A real life example would be folding the legs of a card table inward. This makes the table unsteady, just like the Q angle does to the pelvis.
Another anatomical difference between women and men is large breasts. Large breasts can cause serious back and neck pain issues. The best way to avoid this problem is to invest in a highly supportive and good quality bra, or in the worst case, having a breast reduction.
Hormone levels and variability is a physiological difference that women and men have. The levels change more frequently in a woman’s life due to Estrogen beginning to produce and stopping producing. This happens during menstruation (9-14), and menopause (49-52). You can have a total hysterectomy, which causes an early menopause.
Growth spurts during childhood years are a common thing. Idiopathic scoliosis or abnormal curvature of the spine can come with these growth sports. Idiopathic means unknown, and the reason for this difference between men and women is also idiopathic. Treatment methods will vary between the person and the severity of the issue. Doctors may want to wait and watch to see how the problem develops over time. The doctor may also delve into manual therapies and posture corrections. Heel lifts, foot orthotics, and other exercises for forward head carriage are some common treatments. Bracing will be necessary if the curves exceed 40 degrees.
The bottom line for Springfield women and back pain is this. If you are still struggling, come in and see us. Our office is multi disciplined so this means we have a very large array of treatment methods we can help you with. Our doctors are experts in their fields and always communicate together to come up with the best approach to help you. It can be through chiropractic manipulations, physical therapy, massage, acupuncture and even through traditional medical methods such as prescriptions. Our approach is to get you out of pain as quickly as possible and to help you stay out of pain.
In pain? Want a tune up? Call us today (908) 325 – 3000. We can treat and help you.