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Lordosis is the excessive inward curving of the backbone and there are 4 main causes of the loss of lumbar lordosis. It is different from the backbone’s normal curve at the lumbar, thoracic and cervical regions. The normal curves are either closer to the neck, or kyphotic, near the lower back or lordotic. These natural curves position the head directly above the pelvis and help to manage the body’s mechanical stress and weight when we are in motion, bending, or standing.
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Lordosis can affect a person of any age group. It mostly affects the lumber region, but can also affect the cervical (neck) region. When it occurs in the lumber region, the patient assumes a swayback posture. Interestingly, it seems according to medical experts, a small degree of lordosis and kyphoysis is normally present for most people.
Kyphosis causes rounded shoulders and is termed Scheuermann’disease, or Hunchback Syndrome. Extreme examples can be seen in some older people who are hunched right over with a hump on their backs. They are completely unable to straighten up.
If the lordotic curvature is too much, it is called swayback as excessive lordosis makes the buttocks standout prominently.
When looking at a person side on in that posture, their behind appears more prominent and the body takes a generally involuntary but exaggerated backward posture. Unlike normal lordosis, lumbar lordosis is painful and affects a person’s movement.,
What Are The Different Spine Curves?
1) Scoliotic Curves
Scoliotic curvature is the sideways curve of the backbone and it’s an abnormal curve.
2) Lordotic Curve
A Lordotic Curve is the inward curve of the lumbar spine and appears just above the buttocks. A small lordotic curve is normal, but when it is excessive it is forces a person to have a swayback posture. If you have a lordotic curve, you’ll find your pant and skirt waistbands slip down at the back. They also don’t sit neatly against your back.
3) Kyphotic Curves
This is the outward curve of the thoracic spine at the level of ribs. A small amount of kyphosis is normal but when it is too much it causes rounded shoulders. When it does that it is termed as Scheuermann’s disease. Like to read my article on how to fix kyphosis?
Causes Of Loss of Lumbar Lordosis: Symptoms and Diagnosis
There are 4 main causes of loss of lumbar lordosis… If you notice you experience lower back pain after you have been standing briefly, then you could be suffering from Lordosis. The same applies if you find that moving in certain ways becomes painful. In both cases you should visit a doctor and have your spine examined. Children with lordosis will ask to be allowed to be sit most of the time at school.
If a child has lordosis, they will have a curved space beneath their lower back when lying down on a flat, hard surface. The lordotic curve may not be a problem if their spine is flexible. However, if the curve is rigid, then medical evaluation is recommended.
When an adult patient is examined for lordisis, they are asked to lie on a flat surface. They are then asked to slide their hand beneath their back. If they are able to do it with ease or even have some space left while doing it, then patient has medical diagnosis of lordosis. An observation from the side will show that they have a clearly defined C-shape curve at their lower back.
Causes of Lumbar Lordosis
This is a condition in which the bones do not grow normally and leads to a short stature.
This occurs when the lower backbone discs or vertebra slips forward.
This occurs when vertebra become less dense and fragile, which makes them brittle.
This is a condition where the inter-vertebral discs become inflamed.
Lordosis treatment techniques will vary depending on the severity of the patient’s condition. The recommended forms or treatment are:
a) Pain killer medication
Pain killers can be used a temporary measure to relieve the patient from pain and discomfort.
A patient can wear a posture brace to help the body regain a healthy, correctly aligned posture. Wearing the right posture brace also helps to adjust muscle support for the spine and restores the normal curve of the spine. In children, it can help to shape their spine as their bone and muscle structure is still developing.
c) Weight Loss
Excessive weight can worsen a lordotic spine which may need only a small correction using a posture brace. That happens when the spine muscles are overstressed by a person’s weight and they overstretch.
A doctor could prescribe some lordosis exercises that can help to restore the right posture. The exercises however must be done on a daily basis for a long period. They must also be combined with weight management programs.
These exercises include the following:
- Stability Ball Bridge
The stability ball bridge is used to strengthen the gluteal muscles. The exercise requires a patient to lie on their back while their curves are draped over the exercise ball. The patient then starts with a pelvic tilt and then squeezes their butt until they form a bridge.
The rolling should be in such a way that they can feel each vertebra touching the floor before the pelvis does. The patent should make a total of 12 repetitions daily.
- Pelvic Tilt
To achieve a pelvic tilt, a patient assumes a position that is opposite that of the “arched spine position.” This exercise can correct the lordotic posture if done on a daily basis. The patient lies on their back, places the feet flat and firmly on the floor, and keeps the knees bent. The next action is to breathe out and at the same time tilt the lower part of the pelvis. The patient should then repeat the exercise twenty times each day.
The body fine tunes the muscles each day to accommodate our habits. If you sleep on a mattress that doesn’t support your back properly, over time you will start feeling a strain when you stand up or just sleep on a flat surface. The same applies to being overweight; the muscles go into overwhelm and stretch out.
That happens as they try to balance the poorly distributed weight. That in turn changes your normal posture. If you have had a healthy posture all along, then getting it back should be easy. Apart from practicing safe postures while working, resting, or sleeping, using physical aids such as a posture brace may help with correcting those causes of loss of lumbar lordosis and the recovery process.