Amongst the many diseases we learned in our first week (Zellweger, Kartagener, Tay-Sachs, etc.), lordosis and kyphosis stood out (pun intended).

Just to review, the spine is split up into 5 portions. From top to bottom, the parts are cervical (neck), thoracic (chest), lumbar (stomach), sacral (pelvis), and coccyx (tail bone).

  • Lordosis is increased curvature of the lumbar portion of the spine.  It can be caused by other diseases such as achrondroplasia and spondylolisthesis. It can also be seen in pregnant woman. The placement of the curvature accentuates the buttocks. We remember the disease by thinking of a “lord” who has a full belly after a feast. Click here to read more about it.
  • Kyphosis is increased curvature of the thoracic portion of the spine.  It is probably one of the diseases Quasimodo had. Poor guy. Kyphosis is rare to have at birth, and is typically treated with surgery. Complications of kyphosis include decreased lung capacity, disabling back pain, neurological symptoms including leg weakness or paralysis, and round back deformity. At least Quasimodo had his strong arms so he could ring the bells and save Esmeralda… even though she went for another man (jerk). On a more applicable note, remind your grandparents to take their pills, especially calcium. Preventing osteoporosis can help reduce kyphosis. Click here to read more about it.



2 thoughts on “Lord/Kyph-osis

  1. I would like to use your kyphosos diagram in a handout on seating. Please could you tell me how I go about requesting the right to use it?

    • Hi Judith,
      Thanks for reading our blog! We found the kyphosis image through a google search, so we aren’t too sure how the rights work for that. The lordosis image was hand-drawn; you are welcome to use it.
      Thanks again.

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