Hyperlordosis of Lower Back

Hyperlordosis is when there is excessive lumbar curvature when viewed from the side.

The word is of Greek origin and literally means "over" (hyper) "bending backwards" (lordosis) or too much backward bending.

This abnormal lumbar curve causes your lower back muscles to shorten and your hip flexors will shorten as well. The hamstrings will be in an elongated tone or stretched. The elongated hamstrings and hip flexors are now predisposed to strain and development of trigger points.

Due to the imbalance created your muscles are under constant stress and dysfunctional.

Harm From Too Much Lordosis

Although the chronic muscle strain and trigger points will express pain and fatigue, the main harm is to your facet joints. Too much lumbar curve will cause joint capsule degeneration and arthritis, bone spurring and bouts of acute and chronic pain episodes.

Long-term effects are narrowing (stenosis) of the foraminal openings where the nerves exit. This causes nerve root compression that can result in sciatica, neurological symptoms such as loss of bladder and bowel control, loss of sensation or numbness, muscular weakness, and chronic pain and disability.

Every trauma to your body results in damage and loss of normalcy some degree. Micro-trauma is no exception...it just takes longer for the affects to surface.

The damaging effects of trauma are cumulative. Therefore, it is essential for you to correct hyperlordosis in order to minimize and prevent future pain, suffering, medical costs and most importantly, disability.

What Causes Hyperlordosis?

Some things that may cause or contribute to excessive lordosis can include:

  • obesity

Treatment and Prevention

Regarding prevention and treatment, it is extremely important that you:

  1. Prevent trauma.
  2. Treat injuries promptly and properly.
  3. Rehabilitate and repair injured tissue to as close to their pre-injury status as possible.
  4. Develop a preventive maintenance program following repair of injured tissue that should include:
  5. Correct postural deficits.
  6. Strengthen muscles.
  7. Promote muscle endurance.
  8. Encourage flexibility.
  9. Improve or restore normal posture.
  10. Allow for rest, recuperation and repair of daily insults  and stresses.
  11. Choose proper footwear.
  12. Correct for short leg if present.
  13. Correct pronation. 
  14. Maintain normal weight.

With any abnormal posture the negative ramifications can be widespread. These negative ramifications will include premature joint degeneration, pain and disability.

Left uncorrected you will be left with a poor quality of life compared to that which is possible when the body is a normal structural and functional condition.

It's Up to You

Healthy Jogger

The responsibility for a pain-free and healthy life is yours.  Yes, there are exceptions where certain conditions and incidents are out of your control. But, for the most part, comes down to your personal choice of habits and lifestyle.

What is Hypolordosis?

What is Lumbar lordosis?

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