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What does a reverse neck curve look like when it corrects (video)

What does a reverse neck curve look like when it corrects (video)

We look at two cases of serious reverse curve (C-shaped) moving towards straight, with two different symptom patterns: head/neck and shoulder. These cases are featured because they are realistic both in the their changes, and their time frames.

There are different kind of reverse neck curves

Recently I took a moment to answer a question on the website Quora asking about the possibility to restore the cervical curve when the neck is in reverse.

(The article: Is it possible to restore the curve in your cervical spine? I have a reversal of the normal lordotic curve (straight neck). Will chiropractic help?)

In the article I describe several different kinds of reverse curves:

  • The kyphotic neck (straight – not necessarily a true reverse)
  • The kyphotic neck with a reverse top
  • True C-shape reverse
  • S-shape and
  • Inverse S-shape reverse

In the Quora article, I state that it’s more common to see a full or near reversal of the curve when the neck is only slightly reverse, or it’s kyphotic. Especially if the patient is beyond childhood, when degeneration and trauma can limit some restoration of the curvature.

Want to learn more about reverse cervical curve? Here is my comprehensive article.

Reverse C-shape curves may return to a “straight” configuration but may not return to a full normal curve

Lateral Post X Ray Upper Cervical
A healthy cervical curve.

I also state that true reverse curves are more likely to return towards a kyphotic (straight) configuration rather than return to a normal curve. Perhaps with more time some of these curves will continue to improve. however, most of the progress examinations I’m conducting are happening in 3 to 6 months after the pre-treatment exam.

I provided several examples of this kind of curve improvement as found in this article: Severe pain in shoulder blade

What this process can look like varies between patients. I wanted to take a look at the progress of two similar reverse cervical curves with symptoms at different ends of the neck. One patients has neck pain and chronic, recurring headaches. She is a female in her late 40s. The other has chronic pain behind his left shoulder blade. He is a male in his young 30s, and is incredibly fit.

Female – late 40s, chronic neck and headache pain – with reverse c-curve

Please note the degeneration in between the C5/C5 vertebra as evidenced by the lack of space between the bones. The neck moves from a reverse c-curve to a kyphosis with a slight reverse at the top. Mid-neck moves 7 millimeters total, from -10 to – 3 mm using the depth method of measurement.

As her alignment improved, so did her symptoms. At the time that this patient moved out of the area she was largely free from headaches and neck pain.

Male – Early 30s, chronic pain behind the shoulder blade – with reverse c-curve

This video features a morph between the images. The most reversed neck bone (vertebral segment) is C4. You might notice how there is more space between the vertebra suggesting less degeneration of the discs.

If you look closely, the back joints show a lot of overlap, and therefore this patient has a lot of cervical rotation that has to change in addition to the curve. Like the patient above, the symptoms (shoulder/shoulder blade pain) diminish when the curve improves. The alignment shifts by 5 millimeters.

Image Credit
DrJanaOfficial [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

What are my treatment options for Trigeminal Neuralgia?

What are my treatment options for Trigeminal Neuralgia?

What are the treatment Options for Trigeminal Neuralgia facial pain? From drugs, to surgery, to upper cervical chiropractic procedures, we cover some of the primary options that facial pain patients have in health care. What is Trigeminal Neurgalgia and what causes it? Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) causes severe facial pain. There is no gold-standard medical device… Continue Reading

What is Trigeminal Neuralgia and what causes it?

What is Trigeminal Neuralgia and what causes it?

What is Trigeminal Neuralgia? What does Trigeminal Neuralgia feel like? What causes this facial pain according to medicine and why can upper cervical chiropractic procedures help? Trigeminal Neuralgia – the most severe facial pain? Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a type of facial pain that is rare but often very severe, perhaps the most severe painful… Continue Reading

Upper cervical chiropractic and torticollis (congenital)?

Upper cervical chiropractic and torticollis (congenital)?

Does neck alignment matter in torticollis? Below is a story of Baby M who is currently undergoing care to improve her neck and body alignment to see if it will help her torticollis. What is congenital torticollis Not long after birth some babies develop a tilt of the head toward the right or left shoulder,… Continue Reading

Three millimeters to headache freedom?

Three millimeters to headache freedom?

Many cases of chronic and recurring head pain (like tension head ache, migraine, etc.) are treated by focusing on the head…Where the pain appears to be. But many cases of chronic headache may actually be stemming from biomechanical problems in the neck and deserve to have an evaluation from a chiropractic provider, especially one with… Continue Reading

Why Patients Love Our Chiropractic Care

Upper cervical chiropractic at Life In Alignment is different. And different is good.

Fewer adjustments

Fewer adjustments

There are common patterns to spinal breakdown that must be corrected for the best changes in symptoms. We focus on the areas that get the most return on your investment.

Results you can see

Results you can see

All healing takes time. But outside evidence of positive inside changes should be quick in coming. View images from the before and after gallery to see what kind of results you might be able to see in your own spine.

What you need meets what you want

What you need meets what you want

Relief care, corrective care, or long term wellness.Find out what it's going to take for each, and then pick the plan that fits your goals, budget, and lifestyle.
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