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      Category : Health Centers > Bones, Joints, and Muscles


Alternate Names : Swayback, Hollow Back, Saddle Back

Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

Lordosis refers to an abnormal bending of the spine. In lordosis, the curve of the spine arches forward.

What is going on in the body?

The normal spine has a slight degree of lordosis in the neck and lower back regions. It bends forward in the chest area. In excessive lordosis, there is a greater arching of the spine, especially in the lower back.

What are the causes and risks of the condition?

Specific causes of excessive lordosis include:

  • achondroplasia, which is the abnormal conversion of cartilage into bone that results in dwarfism
  • spondylolisthesis, or the slipping forward of one vertebra on top of the one below


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    Lordosis: Symptoms & Signs

    Author: John A.K. Davies, MD
    Reviewer: William M. Boggs, MD
    Date Reviewed: 06/01/01

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