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Table 3 Correlation analysis of lumbar multifidus atrophy and disc degeneration by Spearman’s rho test

From: Correlation between intervertebral disc degeneration, paraspinal muscle atrophy, and lumbar facet joints degeneration in patients with lumbar disc herniation

  L3-L4 LDD L3-L4 LMA L4-L5 LDD L4-L5 LMA L5-S1 LDD L5-S1 LMA
L3-L4 LDD 1.000 0.352** 0.125 0.133 0.283* 0.124
L3-L4 LMA   1.000 0.243 0.591** 0.009 0.439**
L4-L5 LDD    1.000 0.058 0.097 0.006
L4-L5 LMA     1.000 −0.094 0.872**
L5-S1 LDD      1.000 −0.036
L5-S1 LMA       1.000
  1. LMA lumbar multifidus atrophy, LDD lumbar disc degeneration
  2. *P < 0.05; **P < 0.01