The mechanics of the lumbar spine are dependent on the morphology of the vertebral bodies and their alignment. As intersubject anatomic variability is significant, this paper developed a method to characterize shape and alignment variability in the lumbar spine using statistical shape modeling techniques. The primary modes of variation between subjects were sagittal plane curvature of the spine and height of the discs. Quantifying the biomechanical variation of the lumbar spine across the population facilitates designers and clinicians in making informed decisions regarding implant sizing and component placement.

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