The Efficacy of Surgical and Non-Surgical Treatment of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis in Athletes
Ordakowski, Drew A.
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I am particularly interested in back injuries because I suffered and am still suffering a back injury that changed my life forever. In 2007, I was a junior in high school and one day during baseball practice I tweaked my low back and wasn't able to even bend down to untie my cleats because the pain in my left leg was so intense. Originally diagnosed as a lower back muscle strain, I remained inactive for a few days to see if my back would feel any better. It only got worse, so a second opinion was sought out and it was discovered that I had a bulging disc·between the L4 and L5 vertebrae and that was pressing up against the sciatic nerve in my left leg, causing immense pain in my left leg. Through magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), I was also diagnosed with lumbar spinal stenosis, which is a narrowing of the spinal column and most likely part of the reason why I suffered a bulging disc. I've been battling pain in my lower back and in both legs ever since and although physical therapy helped me get back on my feet, it did not take away all of the pain or give me back all of the movement I used to have. This study examines how lumbar spinal stenosis can be treated, specifically though surgical and non-surgical treatment options, and the efficacy of both treatment options.
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