View Full Version : Curve location and degrees

02-29-2008, 03:54 PM
It seems to me, just from a preliminary search, when there is more than one curve, the larger curve tends to be above the smaller curve. Mine is the opposite with thoracolumbar being greater than thoracic. I'd love to take a poll of curve angles/location to discover just how abnormal I really am. Well, as far as my curves go. Otherwise there is no measuring just how ABNORMAL I really am. :eek: Thanks for the input!

02-29-2008, 04:07 PM
I have
60* thoracic T5-T12 apex to right
60* lumbar T12-L4 apex to left
5cm leftward trunk shift
So I'm pretty even as far as curves.

02-29-2008, 04:22 PM
I had a lumbar curve (to the right, when looking at my back.) of 49* and had rotation above it, not another curve. That rotation gave me a rib hump. Hump is gone and my curve is now 8*.

02-29-2008, 05:19 PM
Before my surgery, I had a lumbar curve of 52 degrees and a thoracic curve of 25 degrees, so I think I was in the same situation as you are as far as it goes to where the larger curve is... :) .

Take Care!!

02-29-2008, 06:44 PM
My son had a bigger lumbar than thoracic curve and his was caused by a hemivertebra in his thoracic spine.

02-29-2008, 06:49 PM
My main curve was thorocolumbar (in my midsection) -- 70 degrees. My compensatory curves were thoracic: 29 deg; lumbar: 40 deg.

02-29-2008, 09:32 PM
I have a strange curve (you can check out my x-ray in my signature). My doctor has only ever measured my thoracic curve at 50 degrees because he considers the lumbar a compensatory curve. Even though my lumbar curve looks huge, it's probably around 30 degrees. I'll find out when I get a second opinion in 11 days.

03-01-2008, 09:35 AM
I have 3 curves. The only compensatory curve measurements I know are from my first ever x-rays-- a little less than 3 years ago... since then, only my major curve has been measured-- and this one is from shortly before my surgery last spring:

T1-T7 = 28
T8-L2 = 52
L3-sacrum = 26

I also had a lateral listhesis between L2 and L3... and degenerative disc disease in the lumbars, and a +3 rotation.