Bow Legs and Back Pain: How to Manage Postural Standing Problems
Having bow legs may not appear to be a problem. In fact, it’s often a trait many people don’t even realize they have until it’s pointed out to them. However, this seemingly harmless condition can have real ramifications for your body over the course of your life, especially when it comes to back pain. In the long term, bow legs can lead to degenerative spinal conditions due to a lack of proper support.
If your legs curve outward, it might be a good idea to see a chiropractor. Getting a proper diagnosis and learning about treatment options for bow legs is a good first step you chiropractor can help with. Visit the experts at Strong Life Chiropractic in Lithia and Tampa, FL to learn about how this condition may be affecting you.
Can being bow legged cause problems
Numerous problems can arise from bow legs. One of the most common is osteoarthritis. Knee pain, for example, can flare up because of the stress placed on cartilage, leaving bones rubbing against each other. As you attempt to change your posture to reduce the pain, even more problems pop up, furthering the ramifications simple bow-leggedness is responsible for. Common long-term problems include:
- Chronic back pain;
- Joint inflammation;
- Muscle strain;
- Nerve damage.
Understanding the musculoskeletal factors at play
It’s critical for your musculoskeletal system to be in proper alignment to maintain your overall health. Bow legs are a musculoskeletal abnormality. This means the body has to adapt to compensate. Adaptation for this seemingly innocuous condition can be major, including putting stress on alternate muscle groups as they strive to pick up the slack in supporting your spine.
As your body adapts to compensate in some places, it’s left to strain in others. Most often, it’s the spine that’s strained. This is why long-term conditions start to develop. The spine is put at a disadvantage, creating imbalances that pave the way for physiological breakdowns that are the result of musculoskeletal imbalances.
How to adjust bow legs
A chiropractor can help identify the root problem and work to reverse the condition by re-training the body in a correct posture.
A correct diagnosis of bow legs is a good start. A chiropractor will perform a thorough physical examination, study your medical history (including any past leg injuries); and discuss posture tendencies with patients. This comprehensive approach is the root of Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), which enables proper intervention to be undertaken.
First, is undoing the damage already caused by bow legs. This includes spinal misalignments. Correcting misaligned vertebrae is a core part of chiropractic treatment and will enable better outcomes for any future corrective work; since the spine will be properly acclimated and supported.
Next, comes posture adjustment and strengthening for muscle groups to reverse the condition. Getting to the root of the problem and correcting habits and tendencies is the only long-term way to address bow legs
Finally, chiropractors will need to monitor and readjust over time, to ensure good habits are taking hold and bow legs are being ultimately corrected. Additional spine adjustments may be required as the body adapts to a new, healthier posture. Ultimately, the goal is to facilitate a return to wellness at a fundamental, physiological level.
Walk with confidence
Even if you’ve lived with them all your life, don’t ignore bow legs – they could cost you your health in the long run. Instead, talk with the experienced chiropractors in Lithia and Tampa, FL. Contact us today to learn more about how we use Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) to identify and correct bow legs in our patients. Call us for a free consultation.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.