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  1. Low Back Pain: Easing Back Into Your Daily Activities - Topic Overview

    Bed rest of more than a couple of days can actually make your low back pain worse and lead to other problems such as stiff joints and muscle weakness. If you do use bed rest for a short time,remember the following guidelines. Sitting up in bed puts additional pressure on the intervertebral discs. Lying on your side puts a little more pressure on the discs than lying on your back. Trying to ...

  2. Discography for Low Back Pain - Topic Overview

    Discography is a medical procedure that involves injecting a dye into the jellylike center of a spinal disc to help diagnose back problems. During discography,a doctor looks at the amount of pressure needed to inject the dye into the disc,whether it causes pain that is the same as your regular pain,how much dye is used,and how the dye appears on X-ray once it is inside the disc. Most people ...

  3. Lumbar Spinal Stenosis - What Happens

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

  4. Lumbar Spinal Stenosis - Surgery

    Surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis is done to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or the nerve roots. During surgery, damaged parts of your spine are removed or adjusted.

  5. Lumbar Spinal Stenosis - What Increases Your Risk

    The risk of having lumbar spinal stenosis increases if you are older than age 50, have a history of spinal injury, or have osteoarthritis (spondylosis) of the spine.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. Lumbar Spinal Stenosis - Medications

    Treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis is done to relieve pain, numbness, and weakness in the legs and improve your ability to function and your quality of life. Medication may be used to relieve the pain and inflammation caused by spinal stenosis. Taking m

  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 - 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

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