Hyperlordosis is a condition where there is too much inward curve of the lower back. It also is known as swayback or saddleback. The condition can occur at any age, but it is rare in children. Fortunately, with proper treatment, many cases of hyperlordosis can be reversed. Please schedule an appointment with Sheppard Spine And Sports Clinic today so that we can complete a physical examination and consider a treatment plan.
If you have this condition, the excessive curve of your spine could cause the abdomen to be thrusted forward and the bottom to push out. From your side, the curve inward of the spine makes it look arched, like a big letter C. You also should be able to see the arched C if you see your profile in a mirror. It is common for people with hyperlordosis to have back and neck pain and some degree of restricted movement.
Most cases of hyperlordosis are mild and your back should still be fairly flexible. However, if you have stiffness in the arch of your back and it does not dissipate as you lean forward, you could have a more serious condition.
One of the most common causes of hyperlordosis is simply bad posture. But other things can lead to this back problem:
- Wearing shoes with high heels for long periods
- Various spinal injuries in car accidents and other types of accidents
- Various neuromuscular diseases
- Sitting or standing for long periods
- Weak abdominal muscles
Many people can check themselves if they have hyperlordosis with the following test:
- Stand up against a wall as straight as you can. Keep your legs as wide as your shoulders, and your heels two inches from the wall.
- Your shoulder blades, head and rear end should all touch the wall. You should have enough space to put your hand between the small of your back and the wall.
- If you have hyperlordosis, you will be able to put more than one hand space between the back and wall.
Most people with hyperlordosis do not need to have medical care. Most of us can correct our posture on our own without medical intervention. You will need to do regular exercises and stretching to help you to maintain good posture. However, if you have pain in the back or your back curvature is rigid, you should see a Sheppard Spine And Sports Clinic professional today. Depending upon the specific diagnosis, your medical professional could refer you to a back specialist or a physical therapist. In some patients, hyperlordosis could be a symptom of a pinched nerve, loss of bone in your spine or a damaged spinal disc.
Your healthcare professional will conduct a thorough physical examination, and should ask you when the pain began, your symptoms and how your daily activities are affected. X-rays and other imaging tests could be taken to help with a proper diagnosis.
If your hyperlordosis is more serious, your healthcare professional may recommend the following:
- Pain relief with over the counter drugs such as Tylenol, Advil, Motrin or Aleve
- A program to help you lose weight, as obesity is a major cause of poor posture and hyperlordosis
- Physical therapy to reduce the curvature of the spine
Many of us can prevent hyperlordosis by having good posture. It is important to keep your spine in proper alignment which will relieve stress on the neck, hips, back and legs. Doing so will prevent problems with the back that can affect you later in life. More tips to prevent hyperlordosis:
- If you are obese, it is important to get down to a normal weight as soon as you can. For those who are morbidly obese, you probably should talk to a medical professional to get started.
- If you must sit a lot all day at work, take breaks and rest your back with stretches and walking.
- If you must stand for long periods, you should shift your weight from one foot to the other or from the heels to the toes.
- Always sit with your feet on the floor and flat.
- Have a pillow or rolled towel to support the lower back when you sit.
- Wear comfortable shoes with low heels
- Exercise regularly to keep off weight.
Most patients with this condition have it because of bad posture. Once the posture problem has been corrected, the condition should resolve. But it is important to be aware of your body posture as you go about your daily activities. Once you are aware of your posture and how you should stand and sit, continue to do so. You should have good results right away, even if good posture seems strange at first.
Also, develop exercises and stretching that you do each day to keep your back in good form. Talk to your medical professional if you are not sure what types of exercises to do. Here are some exercises that can help:
- Move the shoulders forward and up to the ears and then down. Push out with your back.
- Stretch arms to the sides and at the height of your shoulders. Roll them in small circles.
- Stand up and squat as though you were going to sit down.
- Stand tall and put one hand over the ear. Put your other hand and arm flat to your side. Lean in the direction that is to the over side of the ear you have covered.
- Hyperlordosis Overview. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/health/hyperlordosis