Lumbopelvic rhythm in the sagittal plane: A review of the effects of participants and task characteristics

Milad Vazirian, Linda R. Van Dillen, Babak Bazrgari

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Objectives: Abnormalities of lumbopelvic coordination have been suggested to relate to risk of developing low back pain. The objective of this study is to review and summarize the findings of studies that have implemented and reported on lumbopelvic rhythm during trunk forward bending and backward return. Methods: The PUBMED and CINAHL databases were searched for studies related to LPR using appropriate keywords. The references of each study from the database search were further investigated to identify any missed study. Results: The findings includes results related to lumbopelvic rhythm, and how it varies due to participant characteristics such as age, gender, and presence of low back pain as well as due to variations in the experimental procedures such as pace of motion, presence of external load, and muscle fatigue. Conclusion: In general, the magnitude of lumbar contribution is smaller in people with low back pain, in the elderly and females, as well as with greater pace of motion, but is larger with greater external load or back muscle fatigue. The compiled data in this review are expected to serve as a foundation for implementation of this kinematic-based measure in the conduct of future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-58
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Musculoskeletal Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2 2016

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  • Lumbar contribution
  • Lumbar spine
  • Lumbopelvic rhythm
  • Pelvic contribution
  • Pelvis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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