In this episode: A lateral shift, sometimes called a lumbar list, is the presents of the torso shifted to the left or right relative to the hips. It can also be called an acute scoliosis and is most often due to a disk protrusion or herniation.
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Brief overview of the episode:
A lateral shift is a visual shift in the spine to the left or right relative to the spine below. It is most common in the lumbar spine and is usually due to low back pain, a disk herniation or disk protrusion. Sometimes it can occur as a result of spondylolisthesis or scoliosis. A lateral shift can also be referred to as a lumbar list or an acute scoliosis.
In many cases a lateral shift is not painful. Or when a person has shifted their pain reduces. A lateral shift is not a diagnosis but it is a useful symptom when attempting to diagnosis.
Most people will be able to reduce a lateral shift in a few days or weeks. However, the underlying cause (usually disk related) can continue to cause problems. More than 80% of people who experience a lateral shift will not need any significant medical follow up.
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