Pelvic and Spinal Motion During Walking in Persons With Transfemoral Amputation With and Without Low Back Pain Academic Article uri icon


  • Low back pain (LBP) is prevalent in people with transfemoral amputation (TFA), imposing significant disability. Yet, limited data exist describing spine kinematics in people with and without LBP despite the suggestion that gait adaptations required to walk with a prosthesis may be associated or causative of LBP. Hence, the purpose of this study was to determine if there were any differences in pelvic and spinal kinematics in persons with TFA with and without LBP.With the use of a lower body model combined with a regional spine model, pelvic, lumbar, and thoracic kinematics were recorded while walking and compared for participants with TFA with (n = 12) and without (n = 11) self-reported LBP.Opposite patterns of motion were observed between groups in sagittal and transverse lumbar kinematics but inferential analysis using the χ test was unable to confirm that these differing patterns were independently related to LBP.For community ambulators with TFA who report low levels of LBP, differences in lumbar and thoracic motion do not seem to be independently related to LBP. Results may not generalize to those with higher levels of LBP and associated disability.

publication date

  • 2016