Do You Suffer From Student or Corporate Syndrome?

Student or corporate syndrome, otherwise known by chiropractors and physical therapists as Upper Cross Syndrome, is a postural syndrome caused by weakened upper back, neck and shoulder muscles and alternating patterns of tightened upper back, neck and shoulder muscles.

Symptoms of Upper Cross Syndrome:Poor-Posture-199x300

  • Appears slowly
  • Tenderness, soreness or pain in the upper back muscles and neck muscles
  • Pain in the base of the skull
  • Shoulder hunching
  • Restricted range of motion
  • Possible shoulder pain
  • Pain is better with heat

Predisposing Factors:

  • Excessive sitting or other posture that allows adaptive shortening of muscles
  • Prolonged time leaning over desk or keyboard
  • Sports such as swimming and cycling
  • Weight lifters with focus unequally on large muscle groups
  • Poor ergonomics
  • Heavy backpacks

Diagnosis of Upper Cross Syndrome

  • Typically diagnosed based on medical history and physical exam only
  • In rare cases, x-ray or other imaging is done to rule out other possible conditions

Treatment Options:

  • Myofascial therapy and stretching to tight muscles
  • Strengthening of weak muscles
  • Manipulation of restricted joints
  • Identification and education of perpetuating factors (postural and sedentary lifestyle)
  • Medication to manage pain and inflammation
  • Trigger point injections to break cycle of spasm in more extreme cases

Carone Chiropractic Center of Chalfont specializes in the conservative treatment options for this condition. If you have any questions please feel free to call the office

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