Lordosis

Also known as: lumbar lordosis, swayback

What is lordosis?

The lumbar is the lower portion of the spine. When it curves inward, this state is known as lordosis. A little bit of lordosis is normal, but a more severe curve can be problematic. This condition is known as swayback.

What causes lordosis?
A vertebrae slipping out of position (spondylolisthesis) is a common cause of lordosis. Other medical conditions like muscular dystrophy can also cause it, as can certain activities like gymnastics.

What are the symptoms of lordosis?
Along with the curved spine, people with lordosis may experience back spasms, tightness, difficulty moving the neck or lower back, numbness, tingling, pain and loss of bladder control.

What are lordosis care options?
Lordosis can often be managed with medication, physical therapy and weight loss. Bracing can help correct the spinal curve, as well. Surgery is usually only reserved for severe cases of lordosis.

Reviewed by: Stephen Graham George Jr., MD

This page was last updated on: 5/22/2018 12:07:13 PM

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Stephen George, MD of Nicklaus Children's Hospital is a pediatric spine surgeon with the Orthopedic Surgery Program.


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