The Efficacy of Surgical and Non-Surgical Treatment of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis in Athletes
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From 1988 to 2004, participation in NCAA championship sports has increased greatly, with an 80% increase for women and a 20% increase for men. Practice and exercise levels become more intense in order to achieve a higher skill set, but with increased intensity also comes increased injury. Although most injuries of NCAA athletes occur at the lower extremities, low back injuries can be extremely painfully and debilitating. One of the most common diagnoses of low back pain is lumbar spinal stenosis. Lumbar spinal stenosis can be described as the narrowing of the lumbar spinal column, any form of narrowing of the lumbosacral canal, nerve tunnels, or intervertebral foramina. This study examines how lumbar spinal stenosis can be treated in athletes, specifically though surgical and non-surgical treatment options, and the efficacy of both treatment options.
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