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MRI images of the lumbar spine

In young healthy individuals, there is a straight alignment from one lumbar vertebra to another, the edges of each vertebra are uniform and regular in appearance, the disc spaces are well maintained (not flattened), the disc walls are straight (not bulging), and the color of the discs on MRI imaging is white, signifying a healthy […]

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Lumbar Spinal Surgeries

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The simplest lower back surgery is simply to remove the bulging part of the disc, “discectomy” or fragments of bone, “laminectomy” which are in themselves painful, and to remove any impingement or crowding that these structures might be imposing on traversing nerves.

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