Definition: Lordosis


Lordosis is the term given when there is an exaggeration of the natural curve in the lumbar region of the spine, which creates an over-arched lower back.  Factors such as poor use and posture, and the wearing of high heels can contribute to this condition. Many women carry their babies both during pregnancy and later in their arms, in such a way that they unhelpfully increase the lumbar curve and experience lower back pain.   

Lordosis can often result in the compression of the intervertebral discs between the lumbar vertebrae, causing  lumbago and even the severe pain of a prolapsed disc (slipped disc).

For an illustration of lordosis, you may visit my Blog where you will see a statue of a young woman with a very curved lower back, by Francesco Messina 

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