Significance of Lumbosacral List and Low-Back Pain: A Controlled Radiographic Study

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A prospective study of 43 patients with low-back pain was performed to determine if there exists 1) a significant correlation between lumbosacral list and low-back pain, 2) a significant difference between measured list in patients pretreatment and posttreatment, and/or 3) a significant difference in results obtained using two different measuring techniques. All patients had standing anteroposterior radiographs. The radiographs were analyzed for lumbosacral list using two measurement methods. The results indicated that there was no significant correlation between lumbosacral list and low-back pain and no significant change in measured list in individuals pretreatment and posttreatment. There was a significant difference between the two methods described above. Thé intercristal line (ICL) method proved most precise.

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