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The spine has four natural curves which form a type of "suspension" to help cushion the spine, hips, and head from the stresses of movement.
The two outward (kyphotic) curves are located in the thoracic and sacral regions, while the two inward (lordotic) curves occur in the lumbar and cervical regions.
Lordosis is an exaggerated inward curvature of the spine, particularly in the lumbar region, and can also occur in the neck.
There can be many reasons for the onset of Lordosis.
A common cause is poor postural habits during childhood. The effects of this form of lordosis often become more pronounced and painful during teenage years, and if left untreated, can be debilitating.
It is important to note that Lordosis is symptomatic, not causal. Its effects can cause the onset of other spine related problems, but it is essential to have the condition diagnosed by a doctor to determine the underlying cause.
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