Lumbar Degenerative Kyphosis: Clinical, Radiological and Epidemiological Studies

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We suggest that lumbar degenerative kyphosis be included as one of the abnormal sagittal curvatures in which a kyphosis or a marked loss of lordosls is seen in the lumbar spine, caused by degenerative changes in middle-aged and elderly. One hundred and five consecutive patients were Investigated, most of whom complained of low-back pain, often with a long history. They all walked In a forward bending posture, either all the time or only when exhausted. In roentgenograms, most cases showed a marked loss of the sacral inclination, as well as multiple disc narrowing and/or vertebral wedging in the lumbar region. These subjects showed a definite weakness of the lumbar extensors compared to the flexors, and therefore a reversed ratio of extensors/flexors muscle power compared with normal controls and other types of spinal curvatures. Weakness of the lumbar extensors was clearly shown by Isoklnetic measurement and a marked atrophy of these muscles with fatty infiltration was demonstrated by CT scanning.

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