Cervical lordosis is the natural frontward curvature of your cervical spine or vertebrae in the neck. All too often, people experience misalignment that’s referred to as a loss of cervical curve. Constant injuries and falls lead to a decrease in this curve, resulting in painful symptoms and gradually a “hunchback” appearance.
The curve varies in degrees of deviation and complaints. Regardless, a loss of cervical curve leads to difficulty in moving your neck.
Although it typically results over the course of your life, a loss of cervical curve sometimes begins in childhood as a result of injuries from falls that progress into adulthood. Other than injuries, common identifiable causes include:
A loss of cervical curve is usually visible, manifesting as an arch in your spine that results in a swayed back neck. In addition to perceivable symptoms, you’re likely to experience pain or discomfort when making neck movements as your range of motion becomes increasingly restricted.
After a while, the pain may be less noticeable, but you may continue experiencing a limit to regular activities. Your neck, shoulders, and upper back may feel very tense, and you might experience muscle spasms as a result.
In some instances of abnormal curvature, a nerve can get trapped and lead to symptoms such as numbness and tingling in your arms, hands, and fingers.
If you experience any symptoms of a loss of cervical curve, it’s critical to seek professional medical attention and proper treatment to avoid its progression.
Treatment varies depending on what caused your loss of cervical lordosis. Measures to alleviate its symptoms include:
Other methods serve to strengthen your muscles and improve range of motion and flexibility. A treatment plan may consist of physical therapy and tailored exercises. It’s also essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle and body weight to reduce excessive strain on your spine.
Surgery may be required for extreme cases. Consult with Drs. Darrow or Watson about your specific case so you can get proper treatment.