This weeks blog article is going over the treatment and results of a patient suffering from exertional dyspnea and straight back syndrome. Exertional dyspnea is also known as shortness of breath on exertion or with activity. Straight back syndrome is defined as “a thoracic deformity characterized by loss of the normal upper thoracic spinal kyphosis. This deformity leads to a reduced antero-posterior diameter of the chest causing a compression or “pancaking” of the heart and great vessels so as to appear enlarged.”
Straight Back Syndrome (SBS) can be diagnosed via symptoms, history and x ray examination of the thoracic spine. The thoracic spine normally has a curvature to it when it is in its normal, healthy position. As with other areas of the spine, when the thoracic spine deviates from its normal position, we begin to see people developing symptoms and structural breakdown of the spinal column with associated loss of normal bio-mechanics, ROM, and muscle tone. SBS can have a significant impact on your health and the normal activities you perform throughout your day.
The article I have linked below goes over a case of a man suffering with exertional dyspnea and SBS. A 19 year old male presented for care at a Chiropractic BioPhysics clinic in Eagle ID. He presented with SBS and was treated with mirror image spinal adjustments and mirror image spinal traction. The patient completed 37 treatments over about 3 months time period. Following treatment the patient showed an increase in thoracic kyphosis and lumbar lordosis. With both of these improvements, the patient saw a decrease in SBS symptoms. He had improvement in his exertional dyspnea symptoms and a decrease in neck and back pain. After almost a 3 year follow up, the patient kept all of his changes he achieved through care and continued to have no symptoms of neck pain, back pain, or exertional dyspnea. The patient received 12 treatments over the 2.75 years following his intensive rehab program.
If you or someone you know is suffering with symptoms of exertional dyspnea, or shortness of breath, please send them in to Complete Health Chiropractic in Littleton to have their spine assessed. You have the opportunity to achieve a life that is healthy, which means symptom free! Call or schedule today to begin your journey towards a healthy spine and a health life.