Low back pain due to hyperlordosis.
Hyperlordosis is a condition in which there is an excessive spine curvature in the lower back.
Hyperlordosis creates a characteristic C-shaped curve in the lower back, or lumbar region, where the spine curves inward just above the buttocks. It often occurs as a result of poor posture or a lack of exercise.
Hyperlordosis can cause muscle tightening and stiffness in the lower back. It can also damage the spine and soft tissues in the lumbar region.
A person with hyperlordosis may experience the following symptoms:
- A curved spine. Hyperlordosis leads to excessive curvature of the spine in the lower back, causing the abdomen and buttocks to appear more prominent in profile view.
- Lower back pain. People with hyperlordosis may experience mild to severe lower back pain, which may worsen with movement.
Many factors may cause or contribute to hyperlordosis, including:
Poor posture is one of the most common causes of hyperlordosis.
When the body is in a seated position, muscles in the lumbar region can tighten too much as they try to stabilize and support the spinal column. This gradually pulls the spine out of alignment, causing increased curving of the spine.
People with jobs that require them to sit for extended periods may have a higher risk of getting hyperlordosis.
Obesity results in the presence of excess fat in the abdomen and buttocks. This puts extra strain on the lower back, which may cause the lumbar spine to bend.
A lack of exercise
In addition to increasing the risk of obesity, a lack of exercise can weaken the core muscles that sit around the trunk and pelvis. Weak muscles are less able to support the spinal column, allowing the spine to curve excessively.
In some cases, hyperlordosis may be the result of other underlying spinal problems, such as kyphosis, spondylolisthesis, and discitis.