Lordosis: Curvature of the Spine

Loss of lordosis. Attenuated lordosis of the spine. Loss of lordotic curvature. Straightening of lumbar or cervical curvature. Straightening of spine!! These are the first expression of almost 90% MRIs. Vaidya Pardeep Sharma the most reliable name in field of spinal disc treatments through Ayurveda.

The first step of the herniated or bulged disc (Slip Disc) is- loss of lordosis. So is the first line of almost 90% MRIs. Movement lordosis of the spine is lost. It will later or sooner reflect in to slip disc for sure. So it is important to know about loss of lordosis. Or basically the detail about- what is lordosis exactly? Why does lordosis change? How does lordosis of the spine impact the spinal discs? Can we restore the lordosis of spine, to a natural condition? There are many questions. So are the answers with your best place for the treatment of herniated disc. Because we understand your spine better than anybody else.

What is Lordosis

Whenever and wherever you see spine. You will find it “S” shaped. The S of spine carries two curves. The upper curve is in cervical region. Lower one is in lumbar region. These curves are – lordosis or lordotic curvature. So lordosis is curvature of the spine. This curvature is seen in lateral view of the spine. When we look the spine from a side is lateral view. But when we look at spine from anterior or posterior side- it looks like a straight line.

The curve in the back and neck- in simple language is lordosis. This lordosis gives- suspension and flexibility to the spine. Because of the this particular shape of spine we are able to do most of the physical activities. When this curvature of the spine reduces due to mis-arrangement of vertebrae- this is loss of lordosis. You might have seen the curve in a new born baby but when you see a patient’s spine – it is flat. So in other words loss of lordosis is- FLAT BACK.

Attenuated also means- straightening. So does mean the straightening of lordosis. The third word is- Loss or straightening of lordotic curvature. These all lead to same destination and that is- spinal disc problems.

Lordosis of the spine ensures flexibility in the body. Gives suspension to the human spine with help of the spinal discs. Lordotic curvature is a main thing in adjusting our posture. We can stand upright because of the curvature.

Why? Loss of Lordosis

Spine or better to say vertebral column is not a bone. This bone is made up of 33 bones with 25 spinal discs. There are many ligaments like ligamentum flavum, para spinal muscles and other muscles which keep these bones together and made this column. Now it is surely a challenge to maintain the structure of the spine with all the flexibilities and movements.

Muscles are good when these are flexible. Moment muscles of the back or close to spine are stiffened or sore- these will strain the column. When column is strained from both the sides equally (Like pulling something on X and Y axis) this impacts the column on central level (Z axis). This strain pulls the spine and disturbs the spine’s natural curvature. What we call- loss of lordosis or straightening of spine.

How Slip Disc and Loss of Lordosis are connected

When you straighten the curve; total length will increase. Same physics is applicable on vertebral column too. Now this increased length of the spine needs some extra space. Spine can not grow far. What can be the solution? Bones starts looking for the space with in available space. The empty space founds itself within the places where discs are. Spinal Discs are elastic in nature. Increase in length leads to pressure on these spinal discs. This pressure leads to blockage in nutrition to the disc. Lack of nutrition causes- degenerative disc. Degenerative disc can turn into bulged disc and bulged disc into herniated disc.

So this is the basic problem in case of degenerative disc, bulged disc or herniated disc might be loss of lordosis. If not 100%, surely this is a truth in 90% cases.

Does Increased curvature help for health?

When it is talked about the concept of the disease. We think, where loss of lordosis cause problem. Then it is good to have extra curve in the spine. This is not true. Exaggeration of the lordosis or lordotic curvature is also a big problem. Once curvature is increased it causes the same pressure on the spinal discs. So there should be a proper lordotic curvature in the spine. Neither loss of lordosis nor exaggerated lordosis is good for the spinal discs.

You need to maintain the healthy curvature in the spine for the betterment of the spine. This is the only way to keep your spine healthy.