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Radiography: a Reliable Measure of Lordosis

This review of several studies suggests that cervical lordosis can be assessed through current radiographic procedures. Several studies showed that the average cervical spine configuration in the sagittal dimension is a lordosis with a range of values of -16.5 degrees to -66 degrees when measured as tangent lines constructed along the cervical curve at the posterior vertebral body margins of C2 and C7.

One study demonstrated an average reduction of subluxations of the cervical lordosis of 7.82 degrees using upper-cervical adjusting methods. Another small prospective study demonstrated that chiropractic droptable adjustments of the cervical lordosis (in patients already demonstrating some degree of lordotic configuration) resulted in an average improvement of six degrees. An additional study demonstrated average improvement of 13 degrees and a 75% success rate in converting kyphotic cervical spines to a lordotic configuration using chiropractic droptable adjustments in combination with maximum tolerance extension traction.

Troyanovich S, Harrison DD. A review of the validity, reliability and clinical effectiveness of chiropractic methods in the reduction of subluxations of the cervical lordosis. Chiropractic Research Journal, Spring 1997;IV(1), pp31-2. Reprints: (800) 543-3460 or e-mail at eowens@life.edu

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