Many believe the spine is ramrod straight – but this is incorrect. The human spine is actually curved in two distinct areas to balance your body weight evenly on your feet. When these natural curves are not present or lessen over time, the condition is called Flatback Syndrome. Are you experiencing discomfort in your lower back? Do you notice that your posture is often slouching or hunched forward? You may be suffering from flatback syndrome.
Signs of Flatback Syndrome
Flatback Syndrome is accurately diagnosed only by an experienced spine specialist like Dr. Sina Rajamand. He and his team at Battle Born Brain and Spine in Reno use CT and MRI imaging to determine the loss of kyphosis (forward curve in the upper spine) and lordosis (backward curve in the lower spine) in your spine.
You may also develop this condition after some spinal repairs or from a degenerative condition like osteoporosis. The following signs could mean you are developing or suffering from flatback syndrome.
Loss of Natural Spinal Curvature
One of the primary signs of flatback syndrome is a loss of the spine’s natural curvature. This can cause the lower back to become flattened or even concave, leading to discomfort and a range of other symptoms.
Back pain is a common symptom of flatback syndrome. This pain may be localized to the lower back or radiate to other areas of the body, such as the hips or legs.
Fatigue and Weakness
Flatback syndrome can cause fatigue and lower back and hip muscle weakness. This can make it difficult to stand or sit for extended periods and can make everyday activities more challenging.
Limited Range of Motion
Flatback syndrome can cause a limited range of motion in the lower back and hips. This can make it difficult to perform everyday activities, such as bending over or lifting objects.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, speaking with Dr. Rajamand and his team at Battle Born Brain and Spine is important. He can diagnose flatback syndrome and recommend an appropriate treatment plan.
Treatment for Flatback Syndrome
Treatment for flatback syndrome may include physical therapy, pain management and surgery. Dr. Rajamand uses osteotomy or pedicle subtraction osteotomy to remove select vertebrae from the spine and introduce the necessary curvature. Then he fuses the spine together at the surgical sites to strengthen and stabilize it. These procedures are usually performed through minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery for fewer risks and quicker recovery.
If you are experiencing back pain, fatigue, weakness or difficulty standing up straight, speaking with our Battle Born Brain and Spine team about your condition is essential. We can schedule an exam and consultation with Dr. Rajamand so you can get a diagnosis and treatment to restore health and mobility.
Contact our Reno, Nevada office today to learn more or schedule an appointment.