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Spinal Exam
 
 
 
 
Spinal Exam
Examination of the back is performed to identify and localise pathology affecting the vertebrae and soft tissues associated with the spine. Particular conditions of interest include radiculopathy, past spinal surgery and ankylosing spondylitis.
 

Lumbar Lordosis

 
 

Overview

    • Look For

    • The amount of antero-posterior curvature of the lumbar spine.

Loss of Lumbar Lordosis

    • Look For

    • Marked straightening of the lumbar spine.
    • Significance

    • The lumbar spine is normally lordosed, and loss of lordosis may result in pain and disability.
    • Causes of Loss of Lumbar Lordosis

    • Age-related - osteoarthritis, disc degeneration
    • Muscular weakness
    • Spinal fusion
    • Congenital abnormalities

Overview

  • Normal lumbar lordosis is unique to humans and is a result of our upright posture and habitual bipedalism. Such lordosis develops as infants begin to stand and walk.
Last updated on January 1st, 2017
 
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