The vertebral column is curved, with two primary curvatures (thoracic and sacrococcygeal curves) and two secondary curvatures (cervical and lumbar curves).
What are the curves of the spine called?
There are four natural curves in the spinal column. The cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and sacral curvature.
What age do secondary curvatures of the spine develop?
The cervical and lumbar curves are compensatory or secondary curvatures, and are developed after birth, the former when the child is able to hold up its head (at three or four months), and to sit upright (at nine months), the latter at twelve or eighteen months, when the child begins to walk.
What is the difference between primary and secondary curves of the spine?
Primary curve is sometimes referred to as a “C” curve, or fetal curve, and it is achieved by flexion of the spine. In neutral position, an adult spine maintains two primary curves: thoracic and sacral. Secondary curve is achieved by hyper extension of the spine.
Can a curved spine be corrected?
In moderate to severe cases, scoliosis may be corrected through bracing and/or surgery. If you suspect scoliosis, you should consult your doctor about an appropriate treatment plan.
What shape is a healthy spine?
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.
Why are the curves of the spine referred to as primary and secondary?
Primary and Secondary Curves
The thoracic and sacral curvatures are termed primary curves because they are present in the fetus and remain the same in the adult. As the child grows, lifts the head, and begins to assume an upright position, the secondary curves (cervical and lumbar) develop.
What conditions do secondary curvatures develop?
The “secondary” curvatures, the compensatory curvatures, occur with normal development. (Normal development is the condition under which they occur) These are the cervical curvature, which develops first with infant head lifting and the lumbar curvature, which develops next sitting up.
What is the purpose of the secondary curves?
The secondary curves in the cervical and lumbar regions are called compensatory curves because they develop as a compensatory mechanism for developmental changes in posture. These compensatory curves facilitate holding the head up and walking upright.
What degree is 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.
Why Kyphotic curves are considered primary curves?
Why are kyphotic curves “primary curves”? Because they are present in the fetal position/the C shape. Why are lordotic curves “secondary curves”? Because they occur after birth; cervical lordosis begins when an infant begins to lift its head and lumbar lordosis begins when the baby stands erect and begins walking.
What 2 spinal curvatures are obvious at birth?
The cervical curve (not present at birth) forms around the time an infant is 3 months old. The lumbar curve (not present at birth) forms when a child begins to walk. Both the thoracic curve and the pelvic curve are present at birth. The curves in the spine allow the human body to stand upright, and to maintain balance.