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What are the lumbar nerve roots?

The lumbar nerve roots are pairs of nerves that exit from the spinal cord, below each vertebra in the lumbar spine. These include L1, L2, L3, L4, and L5, and are named for the vertebra above them. These nerve roots are made up of a front or anterior root that controls motor movements, and a back or posterior root that controls sensory feelings. (This answer provided for NATA by the University of Tampa Athletic Training Education Program)

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