What is the lumbar spine and why can it hurt?

Centro de la columna Vertebral: November 15, 2018

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What is the lumbar spine and why can it hurt?

The lower back section of the spine is known as the lumbar spine. Like the rest of the spine, it is made up of vertebrae, portions of bone that are cushioned by intervertebral discs and contain the nerves that come from the brain to the rest of the body.

The lumbar spine

The lumbar spine is made up of 5 vertebrae plus the sacral bonethat connects it to the pelvis. It is the part of the spine most likely to cause pain, since it carries most of the weight of the middle and upper body. Bad posture, age, or certain diseases can affect its proper functioning.

Conditions that can cause pain

Remember to check out our entire blog, where you can find more detailed descriptions of each of these conditions. Remember that this information does not replace professional medical advice.

Herniated disc

It is the protrusion of a section of the intervertebral disc outside its natural position.

Sacral Iliac Joint

Dysfunction in this joint can cause pain in the lower back and legs.


It happens when one vertebra slips over another, especially the lower ones.

Lumbar Stenosis

It is the narrowing of the spinal canal, which causes pressure on the nerves that protect the spine.


It is a degenerative disease that causes wear and tear in the articular cartilage.

Causes not identified

Many cases of lower back pain are due to non-specific causes; nonetheless, they should be looked at to rule out other complications and receive proper treatment.

Do you need treatment for your lumbar spine?

Only a medical specialist can determine the underlying causes of lower back pain. Visit any of the clinics of the Centro de la Columna Vertebral and receive proper diagnosis, treatment and follow-up.


"The information contained in this blog is of an informative nature; it seeks to promote good health habits in the population and by no means replaces medical consultation. Content reviewed and corrected by Dr. Armando Acevedo Mendez, orthopedics and traumatology specialist. Professional license: 602691".

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