Just as no two people are alike, no two spines are alike! In fact, spines can vary greatly from one to the another. For example, although anatomists tell us that there are five lumbar (lower back) vertebrae, some people have four and others have six! Similar variations occur with the number of thoracic (mid back) and cervical (neck) vertebrae. There are also many variations in the spine’s shape, curve, muscles, ligaments, nerve and blood supply. Thus our spines are as unique as our faces.
Although many spinal variations are congenital ( we are born with them.) others are acquired through long-standing spinal nerve stress or vertebral subluxations(misalignments that cause nerve dysfunction). Stress and trauma can also cause variations in the shape and condition of the spinal column. Dr. Chait has been helping people in the Sarasota and surrounding areas for almost 30 years. Call Chait Chiropractic Center at 941-371-1070 for a complimentary posture analysis and consultations to see how chiropractic can help you and your unique spinal needs.