Lordosis: Definition and What it is

Medically and clinically reviewed by Jonathan Lee, MD and Dylan Peterson, PT, DPT

Lordosis Definition and Meaning

Lordosis refers to a deep inward curve of the spine, usually in the lumbar (low back) or cervical (neck) region. Lordosis in the neck and lumbar spine is normal and typically does not cause any pain. This natural curvature is essential for distributing weight during movement or even when standing still,

Lordosis Symptoms

The natural curvature of the spine in the neck and low back is normal lordosis. And for many people, even with exceptional amounts of lordosis, it does not have significant symptoms or impact on mobility or function. But it can sometimes become an issue for people if the spine curves inward more than it should. This can lead to a range of symptoms, including: a visible arch in the low back or neck region, discomfort or pain in the spine, limited range of motion, and difficulty maintaining certain postures. In severe cases, you may experience neurological issues if the curvature affects nerves.

Lordosis: A Hinge Health Perspective

It can be discouraging to experience changes in your spine and back, particularly those that affect its appearance like lordosis. But remember: The spine is an incredibly strong structure that is responsible for supporting the entire body as well as so many movements that allow us to stand up straight, bend, and twist. 

There’s a lot you can do to support your back and help maintain a healthy posture. Movement, along with targeted exercises to strengthen and stretch the back, can help maintain function and mobility in the spine and manage issues like stiffness and pain.

Lordosis Treatment

While lordosis itself is normal, treatment for neck and back pain can include physical therapy to strengthen and stretch neck and back muscles and improve posture. Over-the-counter and prescription medications can also help. Surgery is usually not necessary except in rare cases.

How Physical Therapy Can Help

Physical therapy can aid in managing back or neck pain related to lordosis. A physical therapist (PT) can design exercises to strengthen and stretch back and core muscles, improve posture, and increase spinal flexibility. This approach is often effective in reducing pain. You can see a physical therapist in person or use a program like Hinge Health to access a PT via telehealth/video visit.

How Hinge Health Can Help You 

If you have joint or muscle pain that makes it hard to move, you can get the relief you’ve been looking for with Hinge Health’s online exercise therapy program.

The best part: You don’t have to leave your home because our program is digital. That means you can easily get the care you need through our app, when and where it works for you. 

Through our program, you’ll have access to therapeutic exercises and stretches for your condition. 

Additionally, you’ll have a personal care team to guide, support, and tailor our program to you. See if you qualify for Hinge Health and confirm free coverage through your employer or benefit plan here.

This article and its contents are provided for educational and informational purposes only and do not constitute medical advice or professional services specific to you or your medical condition.


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