You will be asked about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done. During the physical, your doctor may ask you to bend and move your back. Hyperlordosis can be seen during the exam. Some tests may be done to rule out or confirm other conditions that may be causing hyperlordosis.
Your doctor may recommend imaging tests to see the spinal curve and the structures around it. These may include:
For mild cases of hyperlordosis, treatment is often not necessary. Additional treatment may be needed to resolve any underlying conditions that contribute to the hyperkyphosis. A referral may be made to a specialist who treats spinal disorders.
Options include the following:
A referral may be made to a therapist to learn specific exercises. Exercises may be used to strengthen muscles and increase range of motion. This may include learning how to maintain a correct posture.
Medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be given for discomfort or to decrease swelling.
Surgery may be used when the curve is severe, progresses, or when other treatment methods fail. The goal of surgery is to correct the exaggeration of the curve. The spine is corrected with a metal rod, hooks, or screws in the back bones. Surgeons also use a bone graft to promote new growth and stability.