Postural Abnormality

Associated Postural Abnormalities

Posture and gait go hand-in-hand.  If you have a postural abnormality, you are very likely to have a co-existent gait abnormality.

Posturally, you may have forward or un-level shoulders, a stooped neck, a humped back, or scoliosis. The worst of these postural problems usually coincide with:

  • Joint sprain injuries of the shoulders, vertebral column, sacroiliac joints, and peripheral joint injuries of the hip, knees, and ankles-feet.
  • Strength imbalance and general weakness of upper body (shoulder and thoracic) or lower body (abdominal and low back) core muscle groups—and
  • Short leg syndrome with scoliosis.


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Postural abnormalities can be reduced or completely resolved with appropriate treatment of the underlying injuries. Most musculoskeletal sprain injuries that cause postural issues are resolvable through Osteopathic Manual Therapy (OMT) or Prolotherapy—without resorting to surgery.  Interim use of a Sacroiliac Belt or stouter back brace may be appropriate.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy would be more appropriate if the sprain injury and dysfunction are due to significant ligament or tendon tearing.

Gary B. Clark, MD, MPA | 1790 30th Street, Suite 230, Boulder, CO | (303) 444-5131