Body posture, part 2: Lumbar lordosis

Everyone’s spine curves a little bit (gives a “S” shape) which is absolutely normal as it helps us to absorb shock, support the weight of our head, move and bend, align our head over our pelvis.

When our curve arches to much inward at our lower back it’s called Lumbar lordosis.

This can give us excess stress and pressure on the spine, causing pain and discomfort and can affect our ability to move if it’s intense and left untreated.

Causes

Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD)

Describes the natural breakdown of an intervertebral discs or shock absorbers of the spine.

Lumbar Post Laminectomy Syndrome or Failed back Syndrome

It is a chronic pain following back surgeries.
Factors that can contribute to beginning or development such as spinal disc herniation, persistent post operative pressure on spinal nerve, altered joint mobility, joint hyper mobility.

Vertebral Compression Fractures

It is a collapse of a vertebra. It can be caused by trauma or due to a weakening of the vertebra.
The weakening shows in patients with osteoporosis, osteogenesis imperfecta or infection.
In healthy people it most often happens because of an extreme vertical shock.

Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS)

It is a chronic inflammatory disease that causes stiffness and arthritis in the entire spine.

Treatments

In some cases it can be treated without surgery such as regular exercise routine, weight bearing exercises and core muscle strengthening.

Physical therapy and spinal manipulation can be beneficial depending on the symptoms.

Medications are also commonly used to manage the symptoms.

If none of the above helps and posture is getting worse then surgical intervention needed where the goal is to relieve pain and prevent the curvature from getting worse.