The normal curves are termed lordosis and kyphosis. However, the natural curves should not be mistaken for spinal disorders also called Lordosis and Kyphosis.
What are the normal curves and their shape within the spine?
Spinal curves are either kyphotic or lordotic. In a normal spine there are four types of spinal curvatures important to balance, flexibility, and stress absorption and distribution.
|Type of Spinal Curves||Curve Description|
|Lordosis or Lordotic Curve||Convex anteriorly and concave posteriorly|
What is the spine curve called?
Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine.
What is a normal spine look like?
The normal spine has an S-shaped curve when viewed from the side. This shape allows for an even distribution of weight and flexibility of movement. The spine curves in the following ways: The cervical spine curves slightly inward, sometimes described as a backward C-shape or lordotic curve.
Is it normal to have a curved spine?
In normal, healthy individuals, the spine always curves. However, it occurs in a very specific way. SpineUniverse explains that this curve is normally only visible when viewed from a side (aka lateral) view.
Should your spine be perfectly straight?
Just as the shapes of peoples’ bodies differ, the normal spine varies in size and shape. You may have been told to “stand up straight,” but no one’s spine is perfectly straight. The healthy spine has front-to-back curves (normal cervical lordosis, thoracic kyphosis, and lumbar lordosis).
How can I straighten my spine naturally?
- Stand with weight mostly on the balls of the feet, not with weight on the heels.
- Keep feet slightly apart, about shoulder-width.
- Let arms hang naturally down the sides of the body.
- Avoid locking the knees.
- Tuck the chin in a little to keep the head level.
What is the degree of a normal spine?
Anything less than 10 degrees is considered normal variation in a normal individual. The curvature takes place in three dimensions. Normally, the spine is straight when looking at a person from the front or back. When looking at a person from the side, the spine is curved.
What are two functional reasons for the natural curves of the human spine?
First and foremost, proper curvature of the spine gives it flexibility and creates support. The offsetting curves of each section create a spring-like structure, enabling the spine to act as a natural shock-absorber.
Which of the following curves of the spine are considered to be a primary curve?
The vertebral column has four curvatures, the cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and sacrococcygeal curves. The thoracic and sacrococcygeal curves are primary curves retained from the original fetal curvature. The cervical and lumbar curves develop after birth and thus are secondary curves.
Can curved spine be straightened?
The name might be a bit of a misnomer though: the goal of spinal straightening is to make sure the curve doesn’t get worse, but surgery does not perfectly straighten the spine. The procedure uses metallic implants to correct some of the curvature and places a bone graft in the area of the curve.