Written by Dr. Mark
(I happened to look up the word first to make sure I spelled it right and second, to make sure I used it properly. The definition fits perfect for today’s Sprout and I thought the example sentence was fitting for our current season of events :-)
The above X-Ray is of a lumbar spine with the pelvis and hips. Looking at the patient from the back. If I were going over this film with a new patient I’d start by pointing out the pelvis imbalance, the left is 16.8 mm higher than the right. This is contributing to a 10.6 degree scoliosis which extends through the lumbar spine and 2 vertebrae of the thoracic spine are also involved. The posterior portion of the vertebrae are also rotated to the left. And we’d ask the patient “what is this doing to those nerves…?” It’s crushing them, interfering with the brains ability to communicate with this part of the body, which is everything at this level and below. This is bad. We need to fix this. The other concern is that when we have 2 vertebrae tipping opposite directions on each other, which happens at the middle of a curve like this, there becomes a high likely-hood of disc herniation. Even with no known symptoms related to this, we need to urgently attack correction to open those nerve pathways and hopefully prevent some serious symptoms which usually will come with a disc herniation.
That is what we would say to this person when they come to our office. This is serious, and it will get worse, we need to fix it now.
The problem is, I saw this same spine about two years ago, and it looked just as bad then, and I did not express the need to urgently pursue correction to the patient. This image was taken about a week ago of my wife Amanda.
A couple weeks ago she started having severe low back pain, like nothing she’s ever had before. She came into the office anytime she could the first week with little relief. The second week we took this film to see if we were missing something bigger. Nothing. Based on her descriptions of her pain and how she’s responded to different treatments, it’s most likely nerve related, from a disc pushing on it.
The reason I think I was complacent, or unaware of the potential danger, with urging her to get into the office more, was simply because she’s my wife, so she’ll be getting adjusted for the rest of her life. It was like saying “I’ll start my diet tomorrow…” yet tomorrow never comes. Well it wasn’t quite that bad, she has been getting regular adjustments, but not consistent, and not with a plan for correction, not with urgency to fix this before it gets worse.
I really wish I would’ve expressed the NEED for her to get in on a regular basis. I hate the thought that I could have prevented this. And when I say that, and sincerely feel this way, my mind can’t help but going further and thinking about what else could’ve been. She’s in a lot of pain, yes, but it’s not life threatening, her overall health is (as much as we can tell) fine. But what if it was something more serious, and I knew that if I would’ve just expressed an urgency to fix her spine, or her diet before it ever became anything, it could’ve prevented it. It’s an awful feeling. You don’t want that feeling, ever!
So please. Don’t be complacent with your health. Don’t be self-satisfied with the absence of disease symptoms. Stay committed to the plan of spinal correction. Stay committed to your diet of clean foods and avoiding sugar. Stay committed to exercising regularly. Be committed to your families health. If they are under your control, get their spines checked. If they’re not, urge them to come in, bug them. It’s too important to be passive.
Amanda is doing better, but she’s still not 100%, but we’re getting there.