'Heels over head' position in children with low tethered spinal cords

V. C. Prabhu, L. C. Hellbusch

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The tethered spinal cord syndrome is characterized by a pathological fixation of the spinal cord in an abnormal position, usually dorsal. Children with tethered spinal cords often display a marked degree of lumbar lordosis. We describe two cases of tethered spinal cords in which the children had marked lordosis causing a stretching of the lumbar segments of the spinal cord, resulting in pain. The patients performed a 'heels over head' maneuver to eliminate the hyperlordosis and obtained symptomatic relief.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-94
Number of pages6
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1995


  • 'Heels over head'
  • Lordosis
  • Spinal cord tethering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Neuroscience(all)


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