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Mojo's Mom
09-08-2010, 09:16 PM
I went back today to my back specialist, who is not the guy who will do my surgery, but we went over my existing x-rays in detail and he tells me I have a 51 degree thoracic curve, a 63 degree lumbar curve, AND a "lumbo-sacral curve" of 24 degrees. Anyone ever heard of a lumbo-sacral curve before? I have never seen this.

So I have not a double major curve, but a TRIPLE?! OMG!:(

09-08-2010, 09:34 PM
I never knew I had 3 curves either, but before I got my surgery in June I found out I had a lumbar sacral curve. I think the lumbar-sacral curve is common but no one really knows about it. My doctor verbally didn't tell me, I just read it in his report. I have a 20 degree lumbar sacral curve.

09-08-2010, 09:42 PM

Yes, I think they're relatively common in adults, and are often called fractional curves.


09-08-2010, 09:55 PM
Yes, I was told that too. He even said besides the 3 there was one in the neck I couldn't actually see but probably explains why my neck always hurts. I knew it didn't have the bowing-out curve it's supposed to have. It's straight from a side view. Was really going for that snakey look with all those curves. Janet

Mojo's Mom
09-09-2010, 12:59 PM
Was really going for that snakey look with all those curves. Janet

Yeah, straight spines are for sissies!

Glad to know I'm not the only one with "extra" curves.

09-09-2010, 02:12 PM
Unless it's structural it's not really relevant to treatment, yes? Maybe those curves below double majors are usually only compensatory.

It might be like why our surgeon never talked about the compensatory curve below the structural T curve in both my daughters.

09-09-2010, 03:11 PM
I have 3 curves-- the ones above and below my major curves are just under 30 each. They are what sort of put me in balance so I mostly looked straight. ;) Or at least that's what I always figured.