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What conditions can cause lordosis?

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The following conditions can cause lordosis:

  • Achondroplasia, a disorder in which bones do not grow normally, resulting in the short stature associated with dwarfism
  • Spondylolisthesis, a condition in which a vertebrae, usually in the lower back, slips forward
  • Osteoporosis, a condition that makes vertebrae fragile and easy to break
  • Obesity, or being extremely overweight
  • Kyphosis, a condition marked by an abnormally rounded upper back
  • Discitis, or inflammation of the disc space between the bones of the spine most often caused by infection
  • Benign juvenile lordosis

From: Types of Spine Curvature Disorders WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Kyphosis (Roundback) of the Spine."

Children's Hospital Boston: "Kyphosis."

Cedars Sinai: "Swayback."

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Achondroplasia."

Spineuniverse.com: "Spondylolisthesis: Back Condition and Treatment," "What Is Spinal Instrumentation and Spinal Fusion?"

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "What Is Osteoporosis?"

Brown, R. , 2001. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health: "Spina Bifida Information."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease, "Scoliosis."

Nemours Foundation: "Scoliosis."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 11, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Kyphosis (Roundback) of the Spine."

Children's Hospital Boston: "Kyphosis."

Cedars Sinai: "Swayback."

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Achondroplasia."

Spineuniverse.com: "Spondylolisthesis: Back Condition and Treatment," "What Is Spinal Instrumentation and Spinal Fusion?"

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "What Is Osteoporosis?"

Brown, R. , 2001. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health: "Spina Bifida Information."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease, "Scoliosis."

Nemours Foundation: "Scoliosis."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 11, 2017

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