Lordosis — overview and treatment options

Lordosis is a spine condition that causes an abnormality in the shape of the spine, much like scoliosis. Patients with lordosis have lumbar spines (lower back) that curve significantly inward compared to the rest of their spine. This condition is usually accompanied by chronic pain in the back and limited mobility when moving or bending.

This condition can cause difficulties for the patient because the lumbar spine supports most of the body’s weight. Fortunately, there are several treatment options available for people with lordosis, ranging from conservative to surgical, depending on the severity of the condition.

At Laser Spine Institute, our care team is ready to help you find a treatment option for your lordosis. We believe in patient-centered care to help you understand your condition and the treatment options that are available to you so you can make the best decision for your spine care needs.

Causes of lordosis

There are several spine conditions that can contribute to the development of lordosis. The most common causes of lordosis include:

  • Spondylolisthesis — One vertebra might move out of place due to a degenerative disc or joint, causing the vertebra to fall in front of the vertebra below it. If this happens, the lower curvature of the spine may become exaggerated.
  • Obesity — Patients struggling with obesity may find that their posture places an increased amount of pressure on the lower area of the spine. This can lead to the spine naturally beginning to curve inward more than normal.
  • Discitis — Most common in children, an intervertebral disc infection can cause swelling that can manipulate the form of the lower spine.
  • Osteoporosis — Arthritis of the spine makes the vertebrae in the spine weak. Any amount of pressure can manipulate the vertebrae to change shape and direction.

Based on the causes of lordosis, the two most common symptoms of this condition include limited mobility in the spine and chronic back pain.

Surgery and lordosis

Some cases of lordosis respond well to conservative treatment options, but most cases will need to be treated through surgical methods.

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer minimally invasive stabilization surgery to help treat lordosis and other skeletal irregularities. Our minimally invasive stabilization surgery is a safer, more effective alternative to traditional open back fusion. Our entire surgery is performed through a small, 1-inch incision, reducing your risk of infection and your recovery time*.

Contact our care team to learn more about the treatment options available to you to treat your lordosis. We are here to help guide you to the best treatment option possible for your needs.