Cervical Lordosis – Symptoms And Treatment
The curvature on the cervical spine or the vertebrate that lies in the neck region is known as Cervical Lordosis. In general, there is a slight curve present in our neck that enables comfortable movement of the cervical vertebrate. However, when there is a greater deviation from the normal curve, it can lead to pain and discomfort as it happens with patients suffering from Cervical Lordosis. Wide-ranging degree of complains results when this curve in the cervical spine shows greater variation.
One can be born with symptoms of Cervical Lordosis, or it can even occur at any age during the lifetime of the patient.
Some of the most common reasons of Cervical Lordosis, present during birth, childhood or occurring at an older age includes:
Postural Changes: Altered way of sitting, poor posture, lifting heavy weights or working at the desk for prolonged hours can cause Cervical Lordosis.
Congenital Conditions: Certain conditions present during the birth, whereby the neck of the child may have received trauma during the childbirth can cause excessive lordosis of the cervical spine.
Musculoskeletal Conditions: Kyphosis, Scoliosis and certain other medical conditions can affect the curvature of the spine causing Cervical Lordosis. Osteoporosis (weakening of the bones), disc prolapse or herniation, spondylolisthesis are also other maladies that can even lead to lordosis of the cervical spine.
Excessive lordosis in the neck region can also occur due to muscle spasm or road injury, which can lead to changes in the normal curvature of the cervical region of the spine.
Symptoms of Cervical Lordosis
The symptoms of Cervical Lordosis can be easily seen as a visible arch in the spinal region. Lordosis patients may sense an additional gap between their neck and the surface while laying down. People suffering from this traumatic disease may also find discomfort in making neck movements as their range of motion may get restricted. As often pain in the neck is even accompanied with difficulty in turning the head.
In some cases, although at times this pain may get reduced, but the excessive curvature in the neck can continue to limit regular activities. Difficulty in lifting weights or raising hands along with muscle spasm around the neck, shoulders and upper back is often found in patients suffering from this disease.
Sometimes when a nerve gets trapped inside the curvature of the spine, it can even lead to nerve related pain in Cervical Lordosis patients. Numbness and tingling may also be noted in the hands, fingers and arms as an aftermath of nerve related symptoms.
Changes in nearby joins can also occur due to abnormal curvature of the spine, which can cause further problems in lordosis patients and may require immediate attention.
Diagnosis of Cervical Lordosis
Medical history and clinical examination are often required for the diagnosis of Cervical Lordosis. CT-scan, MRI and X-rays are in general advised to the patients in order to understand the degree of curvature.
Treatment of Cervical Lordosis
Muscle relaxants, pain medications, nutritional supplements, Vitamin D supplements, nerve tonics are prescribed for Cervical Lordosis patients.
Depending on the difficulty in neck movement and severity of the pain neck collar may also be advised for these patients.
However, it has been observed regular physical therapy and mild exercises often helps to improve flexibility, motion and muscle strength of the neck and shoulder regions that helps in alleviating the pain associated with this malady.
The most common home exercises prescribed to the Cervical Lordosis patients are:
- Neck Flexion (Up and Down)
- Neck Rotation (Left and Right)
- Neck Extension (Back and Forth)
- Neck Retraction (Back and Forth)
- Shoulder Shrugs
- Backward or Posterior Shoulder Retraction
- Forward Shoulder Retraction and
- Neck Side Tilt
In extreme conditions surgery may also be suggested for acute neck and shoulder lordosis patients.
Always remember, treating lordosis in time can prevent the onset of chronic back pain, and arthritis in later life.