A simple method for measuring lateral flexion of the dorsolumbar spine

J Rheumatol. 1990 May;17(5):663-5.


A simple method for measurement of spinal dorsolumbar lateral flexion is described. Measurements performed on 200 healthy 19-year-old men showed that normal lateral flexion was about 10% of body height. The method which requires only a measuring tape correlates well with that recorded by the more sophisticated inclinometer.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Body Height
  • Humans
  • Lumbosacral Region
  • Movement*
  • Observer Variation
  • Rheumatology / methods*
  • Spine / physiology*