About Cervical Lordosis:
Lordosis in the lower back:
Lordosis in the lower back, or lumbar spine, is the most common type. The easiest way to check for this condition is to lie on your back on a flat surface. You should be able to slide your hand under your lower back, with little space to spare.
Someone with lordosis will have extra space between their back and the surface. If they have an extreme curve, there’ll be a visible C-like arch when they stand. And from the side view, their abdomen and buttocks will stick out.
In a healthy spine, your neck should look like a very wide C, with the curve pointing toward the back of your neck. Cervical lordosis is when your spine in the neck region doesn’t curve as it normally should.
This can mean:
- There’s too much of a curve.
- The curve is running in the wrong direction, also called reverse cervical lordosis.
- The curve has moved to the right.
- The curve has moved to the left.
Symptoms Of Cervical Lordosis:
The most common symptom of lordosis is muscle pain. When your spine curves abnormally, your muscles get pulled in different directions, causing them to tighten or spasm. If you have cervical lordosis, this pain may extend to your neck, shoulders, and upper back. You may also experience limited movement in your neck or lower back.
You can check for lordosis by lying on a flat surface and checking if there’s a lot of space between the curve of your neck and back and the floor. You may have lordosis if you can easily slide your hand through the space.
Make an appointment with the doctor if you are experiencing other symptoms, such as:
- electric shock pains
- weak bladder control
- difficulty maintaining muscle control
Often, lordosis appears in childhood without any known cause. This is called benign juvenile lordosis. It happens because the muscles around your child’s hips are weak or tightened up. Benign juvenile lordosis typically corrects itself as your children grow up.
Lordosis can also be a sign of a hip dislocation, especially if your child has been hit by a car or fallen somewhere.
Other conditions that can cause lordosis in children are normally related to the nervous system and muscle problems. These conditions are rare and include:
- cerebral palsy
- myelomeningocele, an inherited condition where the spinal cord sticks through a gap in the bones of the back
- muscular dystrophy, a group of inherited disorders that cause muscle weakness
- spinal muscular atrophy, an inherited condition that causes involuntary movements
- arthrogryposis, a problem that occurs at birth where the joints can’t move as much as normal
Many pregnant women experience back pains and will show the signs of lordosis, a protruding belly and buttocks. But according to Harvard Gaze, research shows that lordosis during pregnancy is actually your spine adjusting to realign your center of gravity.
Overall back pain may be due to altered blood flow in your body, and the pain will most likely go away after birth.
Your doctor will look at your medical history, perform a physical exam, and ask about other symptoms to help determine if you have lordosis. During the physical exam, your doctor will ask you to bend forward and to the side. They’re checking:
- whether the curve is flexible or not
- your range of motion
- if your spine is aligned
- if there’re any abnormalities
They may also ask questions like:
- When did you notice the excessive curve in your back?
- Is the curve getting worse?
- Is the curve changing shape?
- Where are you feeling pain?
After narrowing down the possible causes, your doctor will order tests, including X-rays of your spine to look at the angle of your lordotic curve. Your doctor will determine if you have lordosis based on the angle in comparison to other factors like your height, age, and body mass.
Most people with lordosis don’t require medical treatment unless it’s a severe case. Treatment for lordosis will depend on how severe your curve is and the presence of other symptoms.
Treatment options include:
- medication, to reduce pain and swelling
- daily physical therapy, to strengthen muscles and range of motion
- weight loss, to help posture
- braces, in children and teens
- surgery, in severe cases with neurological concerns
- Seek Chiropractic Care
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