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Loss Of Lumbar Lordosis/Curve

From the A-P or front to back dimension, our spines should be straight.  From the side, our body should have normal curves where the neck and low back curve inward which is called a lordosis and the middle back curves outward called a kyphosis.  In some cases, when we have a loss or excess of these curves it can sometimes create a curve in the front to back dimension.

A straightening, reversal or excess of these curves can:

-          Decrease strength and flexibility

-          Possibly cause pain

-          Cause disc degeneration to occur much faster in the low back

-          Occasionally cause numbness or tingling in the legs or feet

-          Create tension on the spinal cord pinching nerves

-          Sometimes begin to affect digestion

-          Affect function of bowel or bladder

-          Develop over time or can be present from birth

Loss of lumbar lordosis/curvature or an excess of lumbar lordosis known as “swayback” can cause any of the above symptoms. 

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