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Flattening of Lower Back



What does it mean if your daughter was told that she has flattening of her lower back?


Hello, thank you for your question. Unfortunately, I'm not sure I can answer this with such limited information. How old is she? Who told her this, and was it based on x-rays? Does she have back pain? Has she had back surgery? There are too many possible interpretations of what this means. Sometimes after back surgery people develop a 'flat back deformity' that can cause chronic pain. Sometimes people are born with abnormal curvatures of their spines. The list goes on. Please provide more information and I might be able to be of more help.

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David J Hart, MD David J Hart, MD
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University