Lower back pain is a broad descriptor referring to any condition of the lumbo-sacral area resulting in pain or discomfort. The pain can range from dull to sharp, burning or stabbing, and can be localised with radiating sensations.
Whether acute or chronic, the true cause of low back pain needs to be identified and properly treated.
Full-body biomechanics directly affect the lumbar region of the spine. Spondylosis, arthritis, disc injuries, etc. are all secondary effects of a broader issue, often biomechanical in nature.
Static postural analysis and dynamic gait analysis will efficiently identify areas of biomechanical fault for deeper evaluation.
Common postural findings include a hyperpronated foot posture, either unilateral or bilateral, which causes an abnormal kinematic cascade up the kinetic chain. The resultant tibial and femoral internal rotation increases stress on the knee thereby increasing the Q-angle. The subsequent anterior pelvic rotation creates an imbalance in the pelvis, and functional scoliosis prevails.
Chronic functional scoliosis causes inflammation, abnormal disc load and joint degeneration in the lumbar spine. For this reason, early postural correction of the primary issue is required to properly address the low back pain.
MASS4D® custom foot orthotics will quickly and effectively address foot posture issues and halt the domino effect of dysfunction up the proximal kinematic chain.
A closer look at foot biomechanics reveals the integrated relationship between abnormal foot posture and functional scoliosis.
Hyperpronation of one or both feet is frequently associated with leg-length inequality since the collapse of the medial arch allows the unilateral ilium to rotate anteriorly causing an imbalance of the pelvis and an abnormal rotation of the tibia and femur.
MASS4D® supports the feet in their corrected posture, removing tibial and femoral rotation and ending the further proximal aberrant arthokinematics that result in functional scoliosis.
With the removal of stressors and correction of functional scoliosis, MASS4D® acts as a supportive aid at the foundation of the skeletal system, helping to speed up recovery time, especially when combined with a comprehensive active rehabilitation program.