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What is lordosis?

Lordosis is an increased curvature of the normally curved lumbar spine. The spine normally curves at the neck, the torso and the lower back area. This positions the head over the pelvis naturally. The curves also work as shock absorbers, distributing the stress that occurs during movement. When the spine curves too far inward, the condition is called lordosis or swayback. The spine is not supposed to be absolutely straight, so some degree of curvature is normal. When the curve exceeds the usual range, it may be due to musculoskeletal disease or simple poor posture. Treatment is usually by physical therapy, although in severe cases surgery, casting, and/or bracing may be required. Lordosis is a curve in the spine in a sagittal plane, convexity forwards. A certain amount of lordosis is normal in the lumbar and cervical regions of the spine. Loss of the normal lumbar lordosis may be a sign of ankylosing spondylitis or paravertebal muscle spasm. Also known as swayback. Lordosis often causes no symptoms, but it may be associated with increased strain on the lower back. This may cause low back pain. The buttocks appear prominent as a result of the excessive arching.

More information on lordosis

What is lordosis? - Lordosis is an increased curvature of the normally curved lumbar spine. When the spine curves too far inward, the condition is called lordosis or swayback.
What causes lordosis? - Lordosis may be associated with poor posture, a congenital problem with the vertebrae, neuromuscular problems, back surgery, or a hip problem.
What're the symptoms of lordosis? - Symptoms of lordosis vary depending if lordosis occurs with other defects, including muscular dystrophy, developmental dysplasia of the hip.
How is lordosis diagnosed? - Lordosis is diagnosed based on a history and physical exam. Doctor will take the patient's medical history and perform a physical examination.
What's the treatment for lordosis? - The goal of treatment is to stop the progression of the curve and prevent deformity. Non-operative treatment may include bracing and physical therapy.
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