The normal human spine contains
natural lordotic curves. These curves work to absorb shock
and help distribute weight along the length of the spinal
column. Lordosis is a condition of the back where the lumbar
or cervical spines are either minimally or significantly pronounced.
This condition is also known as hyper-lordosis. Although considered
a pain-free condition, serious lordotic arching has been known
to result in health problems. Periodic medical observation
should be undertaken for people with severe lordotic curvatures.
On the other hand, an absence
of lordotic curves is also a cause for concern as it will
render the spine unable to absorb normal everyday shocks.
Causes of Lordosis
Abnormal lordotic curvatures
begin during fetal development in the womb, resulting in uneven
height and width development of the front and back sides of
the intervertebral discs. As a consequence, the irregular
tilting of the vertebrae adds more curve to the spine. Some
lordotic curvature disorders have been classified as congenital
back pain conditions.
There are some cases of lordosis
developing in older adults due to spinal degeneration and
arthritis conditions. The trauma a spine incurs from a back
injury can also cause lordosis. In the surgical procedure
involving spinal fusion, pressure added to the vertebrae can
either increase or decrease lordotic curves.
A person with lordosis exhibits
an exaggerated posture. The lower back is arched more, pushing
the buttocks out and upwards. Although lordosis is normally
a pain-free condition, serious lordotic curvatures can cause
pain and limit back movement.
As lordosis causes little
to no pain, treatment is usually unnecessary. However, in
cases where there is severe lordotic curvature that may cause
constriction of the nerves, limited movement or spinal integrity
loss, several treatment options include:
• Over-the-counter or
prescriptive medication for symptomatic relief.
• Physical therapy to enhance movement ability.
• Using a back brace to control and correct curvatures
in children and adolescents.
A back support or back brace
can provide a physical reminder to improve posture as it prevents
slouching and bad posture. Good posture relies upon a forward
curve in the lower back, which is known as the lordosis. If
the lordosis is maintained during sitting and activities then
the upper part of the spine will be in the best posture to
deal with the loads that are placed on the back.
Control Support Rite
This flexible ventilated
support helps to improve your posture and can help to correct
'round' shoulders. The support is lightweight and is breathable.
It is recommended that a t-shirt is worn under the support
the posture control support rite
Surgery for Lordosis
The more pronounced the lordotic
curve, the more symptoms are manifested. Serious curvatures
can be a cause for health concerns. In these cases, surgery
may be necessary to remedy the abnormal curvature. Spinal
fusion is one of the most common corrective procedures undertaken
to correct severe lordotic curvatures. Other surgical methods
are determined by the condition and severity of the existing
Most lordotic curves do not
exhibit any symptoms at all. A majority of people who have
hyper-lordotic curvatures are often unaware of it. Although
some medical observation may be necessary, these conditions
normally do not require treatment.
In some cases, people who are diagnosed with lordosis suddenly
start to manifest symptoms of the condition – an exhibition
of the nocebo effect. Even if lordosis exists, it is usually
not a cause for concern. Any pain symptoms can be referred
to a doctor for proper lordosis treatment.