Ligamentum flavum thickening is a pathological and neurodegenerative condition that affects the ligamentum flavum -- the spinal ligaments that connect the laminae to the nearby vertebrae.
Degenerative condition of the spine which most commonly occurs in the elderly where the tendons holding one vertebra to another thicken, decreasing the amount of room available for the spinal cord and the nerves that come off it. It may be associated with inflammation (arthritis) or osteoporosis. Though it can be treated using NSAIDs and physical therapy, in severe cases, ligamentum flavum thickening calls for a surgical approach.
Diagnosing ligamentum flavum thickening has proven to be challenging, as its symptoms mimics those of other spinal column conditions. When diagnosing the disease, the neurologist has to rule out every other degenerative spinal problem such as a herniated disk, facet arthritis, bone spurs or degenerated spinal discs.
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Keyword: ligamentum flavum thickening.