Instability of the lumbar spine. Pathology, treatment, and clinical evaluation

Neurosurg Clin N Am. 1991 Oct;2(4):785-90.


At present, no scientific evidence exists on how to make the diagnosis of lumbar instability; nor is there any proof of successful treatment--conservative or surgical. Judging from available clinical studies, surgical fusion operations may be useful in properly selected patients with spondylolisthesis or in situations for which the surgical approach has necessitated destabilization by laminectomy and facetectomy. Refined biplanar radiographic techniques promise better definitions for future diagnostic studies.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Intervertebral Disc Displacement / diagnostic imaging
  • Intervertebral Disc Displacement / pathology*
  • Intervertebral Disc Displacement / surgery
  • Lumbar Vertebrae / diagnostic imaging
  • Lumbar Vertebrae / pathology*
  • Lumbar Vertebrae / surgery
  • Neurologic Examination
  • Radiography
  • Spinal Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Spinal Diseases / pathology*
  • Spinal Diseases / surgery