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Cervical lordosis

I had an x-ray carried out and my GP left a voice message on my phone advising that I have "loss of cervical lordosis". Unfortunately the GP did not offer any advice. I have been feeling dizzy and think I need treatment. Following my diagnosis, should the GP not have referred me via my private healthcare? I tried calling back but they won't let me speak to the doctor and said I would have to wait 3 weeks for an appointment.

28 February 2021

What is loss of cervical lordosis?

Loss of Cervical lordosis refers to a straightening of the cervical spine and loss of the normal slight curvature there. In severe cases it can reverse the normal curvature this is also known as Kyphosis. There is normally a slight curve present in the cervical vertebrae that enables comfortable movement of the neck in a healthy cervical spine. However, when there is a deviation from the normal curve the spine becomes straightened and stiff such as with loss of cervical lordosis and this can lead to problems such as pain and discomfort.

How is loss of cervical lordosis diagnosed?

A diagnosis can be made by an appropriate healthcare specialist such as an orthopaedic spinal specialist who will undertake a full medical history and clinical examination. Often imaging studies such as X-rays and scans as well as blood tests may be performed to help diagnose the degree of the curvature as well as its cause.

Treatment for loss of cervical lordosis

Treatment is mainly based on the cause of cervical lordosis, along with treatment of the symptoms. Symptom management can include pain medications, as well as muscle relaxants and nutritional supplements, vitamin D may also be prescribed if there is a deficiency. Depending on the severity of the neck pain and difficulty in neck movement a neck collar may also be advised.

Physiotherapy and exercises are often helpful in muscle strengthening this can help to improve the range of movement and flexibility in the neck. A healthy lifestyle and maintaining a normal body weight is advised to relieve excessive strain on the spine. In extreme cases of cervical lordosis, surgery may be required.

Next steps

It would be appropriate for you to make an appointment with your GP to discuss possible treatment options and referrals.

Should you want to make a claim, please contact your personal advisory team to discuss your private healthcare membership plan and they will be able to advise you further.

Answered by the Health at Hand team.  

Sources and further reading

Top 10 exercises for a healthy back – AXA Health

Useful resources

Fitness and exercise centre - AXA Health

Diet and nutrition centre - AXA Health

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