Is Hyperlordosis the Cause of Your Low Back Pain?

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Low back pain. This term brings a host of negative thoughts to mind. Most of us have experienced at least minor low back pain for a short period of time as a result of a sprained or strained muscle. Others deal with chronic low back pain. Physiopedia stated,

“The lifetime prevalence of low back pain is reported to be as high as 84% and best estimates suggest that the prevalence of chronic low back pain is about 23%, with 11-12% of the population being disabled by it. All age groups are affected by low back pain.”

Whether it is short-lived or chronic, some cases of low back pain are caused by a condition called hyperlordosis.

What is Hyperlordosis? What Causes It?

‘Hyperlordosis’ refers to excessive curvature in the spinal column (either the lumbar or cervical areas). These regions of the spine are supposed to have natural curves, but it becomes problematic when the curves are too pronounced.

Hyperlordosis is caused by:

  • Obesity
  • Bad posture
  • Osteoporosis
  • Weak abdominal muscles
  • A sedentary lifestyle
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Kyphosis
  • Discitis

In some cases, people can prevent hyperlordosis by staying at a healthy weight, maintaining good posture, and taking measures to prevent osteoporosis. For those who have a spine with structural problems, hyperlordosis is not preventable. The good news is that this condition is caused more often by lifestyle choices than genes. Also, low-back pain, one of the problems hyperlordosis causes, is treatable.

Physiotherapy Fights Low-back Pain Caused by Hyperlordosis

Hyperlordosis is one of the many causes of low back pain. Physiotherapists help reduce a person’s pain by enabling patients to increase range of motion, build strength, have better posture, and become more flexible. To achieve this, a physiotherapist will custom design a therapy program, which will include home exercise program specific to each patient. Performing home-based exercises each day for a few minutes coaxes the muscles to cooperate and begin functioning in a healthier way. Eventually, this can lead to less low-back pain.

A physiotherapist may also facilitate low back pain relief by administering…

  • Massage therapy
  • Heat/cold therapy
  • Acupuncture

Related Reading: Physiotherapy: Your First-line Treatment Against Low Back Pain

Low back pain caused by hyperlordosis can limit your activities and depress your quality of life. Physiotherapy is a proven, effective treatment that quells and sometimes even eliminates this type of pain. Reach out to a physiotherapy clinic near you to learn more about how to win the fight against low back pain.

Do you live within driving distance to Winnipeg? If so, the team at Elite Sports Injury Physiotherapy Clinics would be happy to answer your pain-related questions. Contact Elite’s physiotherapists today.

How long have you been living with low back pain?

Questions to ask yourself:

  • “Do I know what is causing my low back pain?”
  • “Am I getting the pain relief I need from the treatments I am currently using?”
  • “Am I interested in learning more about how to treat hyperlordosis from a physiotherapist?”






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