View Full Version : Is there really such a thing as an "excessive lordosis"?

09-26-2007, 02:39 PM
Dear colleagues,

Recently I found this "time capsule" in the book "Thursday Afternoons"
by Monica Dickens (a book that describes the life and work of an English
physician in London in 1939);in the course of a friendly and jocular
meeting with an old friend the doctor slapped his friend "on his curved
back" and said:

"Lordosis, my boy. If you were my patient I'd put you in a plaster cast
for six months".

He was probably jesting but it does seem that a lumber lordosis was
regarded as a deformity in some circles (and not a sign of normal good
health) and that immobilisation in a plaster cast was a common treatment
option for back problems. What puzzles me is that I hear that there are
still some physicians who worry about the effects of a supposedly
excessive lordosis and that they warn patients that it is a risk factor
for backache.

Does anyone know if there any evidence that a lordosis can be excessive?
And if so is it a risk factor back pain?


David McFarlane MAppSc (Ergonomics)
Ergonomist, WorkCover NSW


M Dickens, (1945), Thursday Afternoons" [Penguin Books, London], p 93.


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