The innervation of the lumbar spine

Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1983 Apr;8(3):286-93. doi: 10.1097/00007632-198304000-00009.


The lumbar intervertebral discs are innervated posteriorly by the sinuvertebral nerves, but laterally by branches of the ventral rami and grey rami communicantes. The posterior longitudinal ligament is innervated by the sinuvertebral nerves and the anterior longitudinal ligament by branches of the grey rami. Lateral and intermediate branches of the lumbar dorsal rami supply the iliocostalis lumborum and longissimus thoracis, respectively. Medial branches supply the multifidus, intertransversarii mediales, interspinales, interspinous ligament, and the lumbar zygapophysial joints. The distribution of the intrinsic nerves of the lumbar vertebral column systematically identifies those structures that are potential sources of primary low-back pain.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Back Pain / etiology
  • Cats
  • Humans
  • Intervertebral Disc / innervation
  • Intervertebral Disc / physiology
  • Lumbar Vertebrae / anatomy & histology
  • Lumbar Vertebrae / innervation*
  • Lumbar Vertebrae / physiology
  • Spine / anatomy & histology