Lordosis is a deformity of the backbone (spine). It’s when the bones of the spine (vertebrae) in the lower back curve inward more than normal. A child with lordosis has a swayback appearance.
A child can be born with lordosis. Or he or she can develop it because of other health reasons. These include:
Symptoms can occur a bit differently in each child. The main feature of lordosis are buttocks that are prominent. Symptoms will vary, depending on whether lordosis happens with other defects. These include muscular dystrophy, developmental problems of the hip, or nervous system disorders.
The symptoms of lordosis may resemble other back problems. Or they may be a result of an injury or infection. Make sure your child sees his or her healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
Your child’s healthcare provider can diagnose lordosis with a complete health history of your child, a physical exam, and certain tests. He or she will also want to know if there is any family history of lordosis.
Your child may need these tests:
Finding lordosis early is important for treatment. Healthcare providers, and even some school programs, routinely look for signs of lordosis in children.
Treatment will depend on your child’s symptoms, age, and general health. It will also depend on how severe the condition is.
The goal of treatment is to stop the worsening of the curve in the lower back and to prevent deformity. Treatment depends on what causes the lordosis. Treatment also depends on the amount of skeletal growth remaining for your child. It may include:
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your child’s healthcare provider: