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Forum Name: Bone trauma and fractures

Question: lumbar lordosis


 cats51_ - Sun Nov 04, 2007 8:09 pm

40age f
I had a tramatic fall from 8ft down to a concrete floor.
Broke coccyx and bruised my back from top to buttux. Can a trauma or fracture cause lumbar lordosis?
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Thu Nov 08, 2007 7:23 pm

User avatar Hi Cats51,

Typically a fall with fractured vertebrae would not be though of as a cause for exagerated lumbar lordosis.

The lumbar portion of the spine normally has a lordotic curve (inward) curve to it. In situations where this curve is too much it can cause lower back pain.

It has a few causes, such as tight muscles. In the case of fractured vertebrae, the way this could potentially result is if the muscles are contracted tightly to protect the fractured area and minimize movement. If the muscles are contracted excessively for a prolonged period of time the spine may take on an increased curvature. This would be uncommon, though.

Best wishes.

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