Effect of lumbar orthosis on intervertebral mobility. A roentgen stereophotogrammetric analysis

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To determine the stabilizing effect of external lumbar supports on the intervertebral mobility in the lower lumbar spine, seven patients with a posterolateral lumbosacral fusion without internal fixation were examined by roentgen stereophotogrammetric analysis in supine and erect positions 1 month after surgery, that is, after soft tissue healing but before fusion consolidation. Each patient was examined without lumbar support, with a molded, rigid orthosis and with a canvas corset with molded, plastic posterior support. Neither of the two types of lumbar support had any stabilizing effect on the sagittal, vertical, or transverse intervertebral translations. This study using roentgen stereophotogrammetric analysis confirms that lumbosacral orthosis has effect by restricting gross motions of the trunk rather than intervertebral mobility in the lumbar spine.


  • Paul Axelsson
  • Ragnar Johnsson
  • Björn Strömqvist
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  • Orthopedics
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)678-81
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1992
Publication categoryResearch

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Paul Axelsson, 1996, Department of Orthopaedics, Lund University. 54 p.

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