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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.

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The answer

Cervical lordosis is a curvature of the cervical spine or the vertebrae in the neck region. There is a normal 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 it can lead to problems such as pain and discomfort.

A diagnosis can be made by an appropriate healthcare specialist by considering medical history and clinical examination. Often X-rays and scans may be advised to understand the degree of the curvature. Treatment is mainly based on the cause of cervical lordosis, along with symptomatic treatment. Pain medications, muscle relaxants and nutritional supplements including vitamin D may be prescribed. 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, improving range of movement and flexibility. 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. It would be appropriate for you to make an appointment with your GP to discuss possible treatment options and referrals. Please contact your personal advisory team to discuss your private healthcare membership plan should you want to make a claim and they will be able to advise you further.

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses  

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