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October 20, 2015


 So who appears curvier? Men or women?
 image of man and woman


Women…and that’s not just a matter of opinion! It’s a matter of physiology. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc see spines all day long. Each gender – male and female – present its own unique set of circumstances for care and relief of back pain and neck pain. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc has the experience and understanding of the human spine to be the Fort Wayne chiropractic back pain specialty practice to turn to when back pain and neck pain rear their ugly heads.

Now, in staying with the theme here, the curviness of a spine isn’t good or bad. It just is. There is reason for its shape. For the women, the curvier lower lumbar spine likely grown over time to accommodate and reduce the stress on the vertebral elements of the spine during pregnancy and nursing. (1) Now, the spines of men and women do tend to look a little different, but they both curve inward similarly forming the lordosis curve. However, the upper part of a woman’s lumbar spine curve leans back a little further than a man’s. (1) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc so enjoys spinal curves…most of the time.

Sometimes, though, a hyperkyphotic spine walks into this Fort Wayne chiropractic back pain clinic to excite the day! Interestingly, it seems more research articles discuss it in relation to women. (There’s that curvier spines in women theme!) But research also states that 20% to 40% of the population (men and women) – more common in the geriatric population – experience hyperkyphosis. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc sees both men and women with this condition. Now, hyperkyphosis  is the excessive curvature of the thoracic spine and may be associated with adverse health effects. It stems from a variety of issues like degenerative changes in the spine, vertebral compression fractures, muscular weakness, and changed biomechanics. It’s not a surprise then that hyperkyphosis is more commonly seen in older patients. So Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc further looks for impaired physical function, pain and disability, compromised pulmonary function and increased risk of mortality when hyperkyphosis presents itself as these issues are often associated with it. (2) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc doesn’t just care for the spine; Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc cares for the whole body. So what is typically done for hyperkyposis? Surgery is rare as surgical risks are higher in the elderly population who more commonly have hyperkyphosis, but it may be done for significant deformity. Nonoperative management may slow its progression and improve function though. (ailon) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc’s chiropractic treatment in the form of Cox Technic is gentle and comforting.

So do curves matter? Sure. Which ones? Any that cause trouble. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc is experienced and ready to manage spinal curves. Contact Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc today for a complete spinal examination. The Fort Wayne chiropractic care here appreciates men’s and women’s spines equally!