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  1. Lumbar Spinal Stenosis - Treatment Overview

    Lumbar spinal stenosis is narrowing of the spinal canal that usually starts gradually and develops over a long period of time. As the spinal canal narrows, it can squeeze (compress) and irritate the nerve roots that branch out from the spinal cord, or it

  2. Lumbar Spinal Fusion (Arthrodesis)

    Spinal fusion (arthrodesis) is a surgical procedure that joins, or fuses, two or more vertebrae. Spinal fusion is major surgery, usually lasting several hours. There are different methods of spinal fusion.

  3. Lumbar Spinal Stenosis - Cause

    The most common cause of lumbar spinal stenosis is age-related changes of the spine. These changes include thickening of soft tissues and a gradual deterioration of spinal discs and joints that connect the spine's vertebrae.

  4. Lumbar Spinal Stenosis - Prevention

    Lumbar spinal stenosis is most commonly caused by age - related changes of the spine, which can squeeze the spinal cord or its nerve roots. Some of these changes cannot be prevented; however, you may be able to control the severity of spinal stenosis by m

  5. Lumbar Spinal Stenosis - Home Treatment

    Lumbar spinal stenosis is narrowing of the spinal canal that usually starts gradually and develops over a long period of time. This narrowing can squeeze and irritate the nerve roots that branch out from the spinal cord, or it can squeeze and irritate the

  6. Lumbar Spinal Stenosis - Symptoms

    Many people older than age 50 have some narrowing of the spinal canal (spinal stenosis) but do not experience symptoms.

  7. Lumbar Spinal Stenosis - Topic Overview

    Spinal stenosis is narrowing of the spinal canal that occurs when excessive growth of bone and/or tissue reduces the size of the openings in the spinal bones.

  8. Lumbar Spinal Stenosis - When To Call a Doctor

    Call 911 or other emergency services immediately if a fall or injury -- even a mild one -- has caused numbness or weakness in one or both arms, or one or both legs, or low back pain is accompanied by an inability to move the legs (paralysis), confusion, o

  9. Decompressive Laminectomy for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

    Decompressive laminectomy is the most common type of surgery done to treat spinal stenosis.

  10. Lumbar Spinal Stenosis - Health Tools

    Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health. Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Should I have surgery for spinal stenosis?

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