Problems that usually originate from the spine and occur in the neck region do not look good aesthetically and may reduce the patient's quality of life. If these ailments are diagnosed during the developmental period, they will be much easier to treat. One of the most common ailments in the neck region is neck flattening. So what is neck straightening? What are the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment methods?
What is Neck Flattening?
When the neck loses its curvature due to various reasons, this is called neck flattening. In a normal and healthy body, the spine, which extends from the neck to the region, bends at four different points. These folds, located in the neck, waist, back and coccyx region, create an appearance of the letter S. If the folds in question are less or more than normal, various disorders may occur in the spine. The straightening of the neck occurs with the reduction of these curves in the spine.
Causes of Neck Flattening
The lordotic fold in the neck region (cervical region) may occur in the opposite direction due to various health problems, which causes flattening. This condition, called cervical kyphosis, is usually due to diseases that develop in the bones, joints, muscles or ligaments. It is possible to list the factors that may cause the emergence of this situation as follows:
- Abnormal posture (posture) from the developmental age of the body,
- Abnormal development of neck vertebrae,
- Congenital developmental disorders in the spine,
- Osteoporosis (bone loss) that occurs with aging,
- Injury of the discs between the vertebrae,
- Doing jobs that force the neck muscles and ligaments excessively, external physical trauma situations or injuries,
- Experiencing the cycle of construction and destruction of bones, also called Paget's disease, much faster than normal,
- Bone tumors or cancers,
- Muscular dystrophy disease that occurs as a result of deterioration in the structure and development of muscles.
Neck flattening may occur with all of these disorders, as well as exceptional cases where it develops due to other diseases. Among these reasons, the most common is posture disorder. We can list the situations that can cause posture disorder as follows:
- Working or spending too much time at a desk
- Carrying heavy backpacks for long periods of time,
- Using a computer, tablet or mobile phone for a long time,
- Working in non-ergonomic conditions.
It is of great importance that children in the developmental period are informed and warned about posture so that they do not face a problem such as flattening of the neck.