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Rate of Complex Spinal Fusion Procedures for Lower Back Has Increased Among Older Adults 5 5 3

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ScienceDaily (Apr. 6, 2010) — The frequency of complex fusion procedures to treat spinal stenosis of the lower back increased between 2002-2007 among Medicare recipients, while the rates of decompression and simple fusion procedures decreased, according to a study in the April 7 issue of JAMA.

So that is what I am getting- A spinal fusion! Wow, so exciting! And another reason for me not to shovel the yards of soil being delivered to our home on varsity view.
That is a surprise order for my wife. She is not expecting it. I figure that will keep her out of my hair over the long weekend! lol

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Everyone on the forum are too young to worry about fusing one's back?


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Because I am inherently and chronically lazy there is very little fear of finding myself in a position that could result in an injury that required complex spinal fusion surgery.


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What's an injury got to do with spinal stenosis ?

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JTF wrote:What's an injury got to do with spinal stenosis ?
Not sure if this was directed at moi... But I understood one can develop spinal stenosis due to an injury.
Spinal stenosis is a medical condition in which the spinal canal narrows and compresses the spinal cord and nerves. This is usually due to the common occurrence of spinal degeneration that occurs with aging. It can also sometimes be caused by spinal disc herniation, osteoporosis or a tumor. In the cervical (neck) and lumbar (low back) region it can be a congenital condition to varying degrees.

Spinal stenosis may affect the cervical, thoracic or lumbar spine. In some cases, it may be present in all three places in the same patient. Lumbar spinal stenosis results in low back pain as well as pain or abnormal sensations in the legs, thighs, feet or buttocks, or loss of bladder and bowel control.
Disc herniations can result from general wear and tear, such as when performing jobs that require constant sitting. However, herniations often result from jobs that require lifting. Traumatic (quick) injury to lumbar discs commonly occurs when lifting while bent at the waist, rather than lifting with the legs while the back is straight. Minor back pain and chronic back tiredness are indicators of general wear and tear that make one susceptible to herniation on the occurrence of a traumatic event, such as bending to pick up a pencil or falling. When the spine is straight, such as in standing or lying down, internal pressure is equalized on all parts of the discs. While sitting or bending to lift, internal pressure on a disc can move from 17 psi (lying down) to over 300 psi (lifting with a rounded back).


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Spinal degeneration is different than mental degeneration- G.O.M.!!


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I was speaking to lumbar spinal stenosis actually, which is usually a degenerative disc disease (osteoarthritis / spondylolisthesis) I thought. At least that's what I remembered from my doctor's visit. I reckon you can develop it from repetitive trauma, but why would one want to keep hurting oneself?

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Like banging your head against a wall? That's what we have to do when exposed to the stupidity of our politicians.


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