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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
In the lumbar region of the spine, the spinal cord travels through a small hole in your vertebrae called the spinal canal. There is a medical condition where the spinal canal becomes restricted. This condition is called stenosis. There are several reasons for this pinching of the spinal column. These include the growth of bone spurs, the accumulation of ligaments in the canal, or a genetic trait. When these occur in the lower five vertebrae (the lumbar region), it is called lumbar stenosis. The symptoms of Lumbar Stenosis are shooting pain through the legs, especially during activity, and feelings of weakness or numbness in the lower back.
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