Pediatric Lordosis

Pediatric Lordosis

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Summary

Lordosis, sometimes called swayback, is a type of spinal curve that makes your child’s buttocks stick out.

Expanded overview

If your child has lordosis, or swayback, you may notice that their lower back and buttocks stick out more than others. In a normal spine, there is a slight inward curve. Lordosis is a condition in which the inward spinal curve is extreme.

The exaggerated curve of the vertebrae (back bones) in the lower back can be seen from the side. Your child’s abdomen may stick out, causing the pelvis to curve back and the buttocks to stick out.

Causes

There are several reasons a child may have lordosis, including:

Risk factors

If your child has a neuromuscular condition, such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy or spinal muscular atrophy, they are more likely to have lordosis.

Symptoms

The symptoms of lordosis may include:

  • Buttocks that seems to stick out excessively
  • Muscle pain or spasms in the lower back due to the position of the spine

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