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The lumbar spine refers to the areas of the back that are often called the small of the back. It is formed specifically by five vertebrae that are known as L1, L2, L3, L4 and L5. These are actually the largest of the vertebrae and are unfused, which means that they can move independently of each other.
The lumbar region of the back is the part of the spine that supports the entire upper body. They give the back power to lift and therefore is under considerable pressure in most of your daily actions. The lowest L5 vertebrae that connects with the first vertebrae of the lowest spine section (S1), the sacral spine, is what permits your spine to rotate independent of your hips so you can twist at the waist without having to turn your pelvis or hips. It also allows for the ability to walk, run and jog with a natural swinging motion that gives an even, comfortable gait.
Problems of the Lumbar Spine that Surgery Can Help
With all the stress that the lumbar spine experiences in daily activities, it is no wonder that this is an area of the back that is often very painful. Common issues that cause pain in the lumbar area can include:
It is important to our doctors to treat you based on the specific difficulties that you are experiencing with your back. By carefully assessing the symptoms you are experiencing and then determining if you are good candidate for lumbar spine surgery, you can rest assured you are receiving the best treatment possible.