Lordosis

The spine forms natural curves at the neck, torso and lower back, which allows it to absorb shock and hold the weight of the head. When this curvature is accentuated at the lower back, it is a condition called lordosis. Lordosis may develop during childhood as a benign condition, or may develop later in life as a result of poor posture, osteoporosis, obesity, discitis (inflammation of the inter-vertebral discs) or spondylolisthesis (mal-alignment of the vertebrae).

What are the symptoms of lordosis?

Due to this abnormal arch, the abdomen and buttocks are pushed out more than normal. Lordosis places greater pressure on the spine causing pain, muscle spasm, bladder or bowel difficulties, or numbness and tingling sensations.

How is lordosis diagnosed?

When you present to the clinic with these symptoms, your doctor will assess your medical history and the severity of the curvature. If on bending forward, the curve corrects itself then no treatment is indicated. Treatment may be required if the curve persists on bending forward. Early treatment can prevent future complications such as chronic back pain or arthritis.

What are the treatment options?

Treatment for lordosis includes physical therapy to improve strength and flexibility, weight loss if needed, braces for young children, medications for pain and swelling, and surgery for severe cases.

  • Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital

    NHS

    Ashford and St Peter’s
    Hospital
    NHS Foundation Trust
    Guildford Road, Cherstey,
    Surrey, KY16 0PZ.
    Ph: 01932 872 000
  • The BMI Runnymede Hospital

    Private

    The BMI
    Runnymede Hospital
    Guildford Road,
    Ottershaw, CHERTSEY,
    KT16 0RQ.
    Ph: 01932 877800
  • Spire St Anthony’s Hospital

    Private

    Spire St Anthony’s
    Hospital
    801 London Road,
    NORTH CHEAM,
    SM3 9DW.
    Ph: 020 8337 6691
  • Nuffield Health Woking Hospital

    Private

    Nuffield Health
    Woking Hospital
    Shores Road,
    WOKING,
    GU21 4BY.
    Ph: 01483 331257
  • Ramsay Health Ashtead Hospital

    Private

    Ramsay Health
    Ashtead Hospital
    The Warren,
    Ashtead, Surrey.
    KT21 2SB.
    Ph: 01372 221400