As you'll know if you've read our blog post on the subject, hyperlordosis is an excessive curvature of the lumbar spine (that is, the lower portion of the backbone). Whereas the spine of a scoliosis patient curves sideways, the spine of somebody with hyperlordosis curves inward, resulting in an unusually arched posture among a number of other symptoms.
Symptoms of hyperlordosis
While no two cases of hyperlordosis are precisely alike, the following symptoms are common among hyperlordosis sufferers:
- Back pain and stiffness
- Muscular imbalance
- Reduced flexibility
- Visibly arched posture (inward curve of the lower back, causing the buttocks and stomach to stick out)
One telltale sign of hyperlordosis can be seen when the patient lies on their back. A lower back curve will mean that the person's lower back will be raised up off the floor.
Hyperlordosis treatment methods
Hyperlordosis treatment usually aims to halt and reverse the progression of the curvature and alleviate symptoms such as back pain and muscular imbalance. These goals can be achieved in a number of different ways - common hyperlordosis treatment methods include:
- Bracing. If the patient is young and still growing, they may be told to wear a back brace. This is usually a rigid plastic shell that effectively holds the back's shape and prevents the curve from becoming more pronounced as the wearer's body grows.
- Surgery. In extreme cases, spinal surgery may be recommended to reduce the degree of the patient's lordotic curve and ease some of the symptoms. This will usually not be considered as an option for mild to moderate cases of hyperlordosis.
- Medication. If the patient's excessively curved spine is causing chronic pain and perpetual discomfort, pain relief medications of various strengths may be prescribed in order to battle this symptom.
- Exercise / physical therapy. As with scoliosis and hyperkyphosis, exercise-based physical therapy can be an effective option for hyperlordosis patients, particularly when it comes to improving flexibility, restoring muscle balance, and improving overall quality of life.
Here at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic
in London, we specialise in the fourth and final treatment method: exercise-based physical therapy. We have treated numerous hyperlordosis patients with mild to moderate to severe spinal curves, and if you or a loved one suffer from a curvature of the lower spine, we would be more than happy to hear from you.