My back is still sore from last Friday's injury. I managed to survive my hectic weekend via ibuprofen and icy hot. But on Monday morning I was still very sore, so I went to my Chiropractor. He made a few adjustments and then scheduled me to come in on Tuesday (today) for an x-ray. He commented that he has no film of my lower back and he wanted to see if there were any issues that he should be aware of.
Over the years I keep getting little reminders that we humans really aren't exactly alike. It's not just a range of hair or eye colors, or varying heights, but that there are internal things that can be different based on so many factors. Last year I learned that I have an unusual jaw or mouth bone (I don't know exactly what it's called) configuration, that results in the bone under my teeth poking out more into my mouth on the left side. This was a slight problem for the orthodontist when she set up the Invisalign for me.
Today's discovery is that the area in the front part of the base of my spine isn't quite fused together right. Where the two sides of the spine come forward, and would normally fuse together, in me the two sides are off a bit from each other. The Chiropractor described it by holding together his thumb and first figure on his right hand. Normally, they would press together with the tops even. But in me, the "thumb" is up a bit. He explained that technically this is a form of spina bifida occulta
, but that I shouldn't worry about it. A little on-line research reveals that this occurs in 10-20% of otherwise healthy people.
There was a second discovery in part of my pelvis bone, or maybe part of my sacrum (I can't figure out exactly what from internet research) is off a bit. The chiropractor explained that in the average model, the two sides are mirror images, but that for me the right half of that particular bone descends further down, forcing the bone below to apply pressure back up which results in my spine wanting to curve a bit to the left. Again, not a big deal.
Does any of this have anything to do with my current back problems? No, probably not. But it does mean that the Chiropractor has a better understanding of what my "normal" state is and can work towards that.
I canceled my Monday and Wednesday training sessions this week, with the goal of letting my back heal this week. Though I am going to work on some stretching. I have another Chiropractor session tomorrow, followed by one more on Friday.