Lumbar spinal stenosis is a condition where there is inadequate space for the neural and vascular elements in the lumbar spinal canal. The reduced space is often due to to age-related spinal degeneration and typically occurs in one of 3 regions. The Central Canal The Lateral Recess The Lumbar Intervertebral foramen. Symptoms, causative factors, and…

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Briefly reviewing what I had previously written HERE and HERE; the lumbar micro-discectomy he had is designed ONLY to remove disc material compressing a nerve and relieve sciatic pain.   It does NOT treat low back pain. It does NOT heal or repair the damaged disc fibers. It does not improve a lumbar disc’s ability to…

The Crazy Maze of Spine Care

The current approach in managing low back pain leaves a lot to be desired. The risk of a poor treatment outcome is higher than ever before. The incidence of chronic low back pain has risen 64% since the year 2000. BUT..the actual percentage of people experiencing “new” episodes of back pain has remained unchanged. Permanent…

BUYER BEWARE

There is a great paradox in spine-related care. That paradox is…… Everything works for someone. Nothing works for everyone. As clinicians, we cannot exactly predict what will “work” for whom, and the extent to which it will “work.”  Referring to this as a “Supermarket of Spine Care”, Dr.’s Scott Haldeman and Simon Dagenais (1) have…

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