Lordosis


An excessive curvature of the back that results in a “swayback” appearance like the picture on the left. Some lordosis is normal in the spine at the neck and low back areas.  It is when this curvature becomes excessive that it can cause problems.

What are the symptoms?

  • Prominent buttocks
  • Typically painless

What causes lordosis?

  • Neuromuscular conditions-spina bifida, CP, etc.
  • Congenital problem- something the child is born with.
  • Hip or Pelvic conditions
  • Previous back surgery
  • Poor posture-muscle imbalances
  • Athletic activities

How is lordosis diagnosed?
A diagnosis is made based on x-rays, physical exam, and history.  In some cases additional tests such as MRI, CT, and bone scans may be ordered to help guide care.  

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