The lumbar spine is made up of vertebrae found in the lower back, says Spine-health. These vertebrae curve in toward the abdomen and begin 5 or 6 inches below the scapular bones. Doctors refer to these vertebrae alphanum... More » Science Human Anatomy

Lumbar spine arthritis is a medical condition characterized by pain and stiffness in the joints that connect each spinal segment, or vertebrae, according to The condition often occurs along with disc degenerat... More » Health Conditions & Diseases

Spine-health, InnerBody and Healthline provide pictures of the lumbar spine. Spine-health shows the lumbar spine with labels identifying the five lumbar vertebrae. InnerBody provides several views of the lumbar spine, wh... More » Science Human Anatomy Bones

A normal lumbar spine has five vertebrae that start about 6 inches south of the shoulder blades, says Spine-health. They curve in toward the abdomen and are found between the thoracic spine and a triangular bone made of ... More » Science Human Anatomy Bones

A pars defect of the lumbar spine refers to a stress fracture of the pars interarticularis, a small section of bone that joins the joints of the vertebrae in the back of the spine, according to OrthoInfo. Another name fo... More » Health Conditions & Diseases

To perform a microdiscectomy of the lower lumbar spine, the doctor first makes a small incision in the middle of the lower back, says Spine-health. The surgeon then moves the back muscles away from the arch or lamina of ... More » Health Conditions & Diseases

A bulging or herniated disc in the lumbar spine is treated with physical therapy, epidural injections and medications, according to Spine-health. Treatment is specific to the patient and depends on the length of time he ... More »