The curves of the spine

Just as the shapes of peoples' bodies differ, the normal spine varies in size and shape. You may have been told to stand up straight, but no one's spine is perfectly straight. A healthy spine has front-to-back curves. It is only when these curves become too large that they present a potential problem.

What is Lordosis?

normal spine compared to lordosis

A normal spine, when viewed from behind, appears straight. However, a spine affected by lordosis shows evidence of a curvature of the back bones (vertebrae) in the lower back area, giving the child a swayback appearance.

Learn more about the symptoms and causes of lordosis.

How Boston Children's Hospital approaches lordosis

Early detection is key to treating lordosis. At Boston Children's, the Spinal Program takes a three-pronged approach to treating your child's abnormal back curves: observation, physical therapy and bracing. Only the most severe cases of lordosis would require surgery.

You can have peace of mind knowing that the skilled experts in our Orthopedic Center’s Spinal Program have treated thousands of babies and children with many spine-related conditions. We provide expert diagnosis, treatment and care, and we benefit from our advanced clinical and scientific research.