Tuesday, 7 October 2014

A Bit About My Back



Now for a post about my back, many years ago a neighbour of mine commented that I had a sway back I had not heard the term before and wondered at first what she meant but I used my common sense to figure it out and now with the help of the internet I can check if I guessed right and of course I did.

Now back then I wasn't overweight or anything and it was just the way I was, I knew that some things would make my bum poke out and look bigger than it was so I would try and stay away from those clothes.

I was never told by my a doctor or anyone that it was due to bad posture although now that it is more noticeable because I am a bigger woman I have been told I need to change my posture which is not easy to do after 50 years.

Also my back has had the same curvature all my life so I reckon I have had this condition all my life, it is only now that it is a problem and I know it is because of my weight but that isn't something that is going to change overnight.

Looking on the internet I have discovered that it has a name lordosis which refers to the normal inward curvature of the lumbar and cervical regions of the spine but in some people the can be excessive or hyperlordosis and this is a swayback. Everything I have read says that treatment for hyperlordosis is not easy and involves months of physio and that doesn't always work if the condition has been present since childhood, also the longer you have had the condition it is harder to correct.

In fact no doctor has ever mentions lumbar hyperlordosis to me, I can tell you what I do know, I need pillows to support my back while I am sitting here writing my blog posts or using my laptop and I need back support when I am out shopping and I can only walk a short distance if I am carrying stuff before the back pain starts.

I also know that when I am wearing dresses and some pairs of pants I need a belt to pull everything in and make what I am wearing look nice.

So have you heard of a sway back?

Maybe you have a sway back. 

19 comments:

  1. Yes, I've heard of a sway back, and I have one to a small extent. It used to be much worse. I worked very hard to improve my posture. Then in 2009 I broke my back. I need a pillow behind my back when I'm seated, and I can't sit in a straight chair very long or be on my feet long without experiencing pain. The Hurricane had a sway back until she started rowing crew. That exercise corrected her posture.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I would like to be without the pain but even though I am still doing the exercises the physio gave me a couple of years ago I am still in pain

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    2. Then maybe those aren't the right exercises. I was having knee pain and a doctor gave me exercises to do. The pain got worse. I saw another doctor who told me they were the wrong exercises. She told me what to do and the pain has disappeared almost completely.

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    3. Good point maybe they are not the right exercises for my back I have been thinking about seeing if I can have more physio but with someone different

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  2. Aw, I am so sorry to hear this Jo-Anne. I know how painful this can be. I have a close friend who deals with this very issue. :-(

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  3. Sorry to read about your sway back. I believe many people have one...me I am ok, only have a slight one.

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    1. I also believe that as I have had mine all my life

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  4. I was told I had one as a child. So, all my life. I think some people are just born that way.

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  5. I've heard of a sway back. Plus, after reading this, my back feels sore.

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  6. The only time I heard that expression was for a very old horse. It was sway backed. I didn't know it applied to young people also.

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    1. Live and learn hey, I think I have always had one it has just gotten worse as I have gotten olded

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    1. You do does it bother you like it does me

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  8. I have heard of a sway back not sure if I can picture one. Take care of yourself.

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    1. Well at least you have heard of it that is a start, I sit with cushions behind me when I am using the laptop or will end up with a lot of back pain

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  9. You should consult an expert on your condition if it bothers you that much. With the recent technological advancements, they can probably offer you a more convenient ways on correcting your posture. It might not be as hard as you think! So it’s best to check with a reliable doctor. Anyways, thanks for sharing us your condition, and I hope you get help soon.

    Agnes Lawson @ Pain Relief Experts

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