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Lumbar Lordosis



    • Look For

    • The amount of antero-posterior curvature of the lumbar spine.

Loss of Lumbar Lordosis

    • Look For

    • Marked straightening of the lumbar spine.
    • Significance

    • The lumbar spine is normally lordosed, and loss of lordosis may result in pain and disability.
    • Causes of Loss of Lumbar Lordosis

    • Age-related - osteoarthritis, disc degeneration
    • Muscular weakness
    • Spinal fusion
    • Congenital abnormalities


  • Normal lumbar lordosis is unique to humans and is a result of our upright posture and habitual bipedalism. Such lordosis develops as infants begin to stand and walk.
Last updated on January 1st, 2017


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