LordosisWhat is lordosis?
A normal spine, when viewed from behind appears straight. However, a spine affected by lordosis shows evidence of a curvature of the back bones (vertebrae) in the lower back area, giving the child a "swayback" appearance.
What causes lordosis?
What are the symptoms of lordosis?
Back pain, pain down the legs, and changes in bowel and bladder habits are not commonly associated with lordosis. A child experiencing these types of symptoms requires further medical evaluation by a physician.
The symptoms of lordosis may resemble other spinal conditions or deformities, or may be a result of an injury or infection. Always consult your child's physician for a diagnosis.
How is lordosis diagnosed?
Early detection of lordosis is important for successful treatment. Pediatricians or family physicians, and even some school programs, routinely look for signs that lordosis may be present.
Treatment of lordosis:
|Specific treatment for lordosis will be determined by your child's physician based on:|
The goal of treatment is to stop the progression of the curve and prevent deformity. Management of lordosis will depend upon the cause of the lordosis. Simple exercises may be sufficient if lordosis is associated with poor posture. However, lordosis occurring as a result of a hip problem may be treated as a part of the hip problem.
Long-term outlook for a child with lordosis:
|The management of lordosis is individualized for each child depending on his/her age, amount of curvature, and amount of skeletal growth remaining. Lordosis will require frequent examinations by your child's physician to monitor the curve as your child grows and develops. Early detection is important. |
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