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- Being born with a narrow spinal canal
- Age: 50 or older
- Previous injury or surgery of the spine
- Numbness, weakness, cramping, or pain in the legs and thighs
- Radiating pain down the leg
- Abnormal bowel and/or bladder function
- Decreased sensation in the feet causing difficulty placing the feet when walking
- Loss of sexual function
- Partial or complete paralysis of legs
- Decompression laminectomy —This is the removal of bony spurs or increased bone mass in the spinal canal. This can free up space for the nerves and the spinal cord.
- Spinal fusion —This is when two vertebrae (back bones) are fused together. This will provide stronger support for the spine. This is almost always done after decompression laminectomy.
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- Reviewer: Teresa Briedwell, DPT, OCS
- Review Date: 09/2013 -
- Update Date: 12/17/2013 -
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