What is sagittal imbalance? | Dr. Andrew Cash, MD Las Vegas, Nevada
Our spines are designed to naturally curve, but when they are curved and stay in a fixated position, which causes a person to be unable to stand fully upright, it is called a sagittal imbalance. Someone with a sagittal imbalance will usually have their head and shoulders in front of their hips when they stand or walk. This issue can make it hard to do regular daily activities.
There are several reasons why a person may have sagittal imbalance. First, it can be caused by a disc degeneration disease, which causes the spine to deform. Osteoporosis can also cause the spine to deform in this way, or chronic inflammation of the spine can also be the cause of this imbalance. Treatment for sagittal imbalance is usually through surgery (spinal fusion) to restore the correct posture. Depending on the severity of the deformity, several surgical procedures may need to happen in order to fully restore normal functioning of the spine.
For more information on this condition, contact Dr. Cash at Desert Institute of Spine Care for an appointment at: http://www.disclv.com.