Lumbar Spine Conditions & Treatments

Glendale Adventist Medical Center's Spine Institute is committed to providing you the most accurate information on your spine condition, to help you and your doctor decide on the best course of treatment for your ailment and get you back to the activities you enjoy as quickly as possible.

Learn more about some of the common ailments of the lumbar, or lower, spine and the procedures used to treat them below.

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Anterior Lumber Fusion with Cages

Surgical procedure on the front of the lower spine which helps two or more bones grow together into one solid bone.

 
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Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion

Treats problems such as disc degeneration, spine instability and deformities in the curve of the spine. 

 
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Low Back Pain

Learn more about what causes low back pain and where the most common problems occur.



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Lumbar Artificial Disc Replacement

Device or implant used to replace a diseased or damaged intervertebral disc.

 
 
 
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Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease

Changes and deterioration in discs that lead to back pain.

 
 
 
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Lumbar Disc Herniation

Caused when tissue in the center of the disc has squeezed out of place.

 
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Lumbar Discectomy

Surgical procedure to remove part of a problem disc in the lower back.

 
 
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Lumbar Facet Joint Arthritis

Arthritis in the joints that link the vertebrae in the lower spine together.

 
 
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Lumbar Laminectomy

A surgical procedure to relieve pressure on the spinal nerves caused by narrowing of the spinal canal.

 
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Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

A condition in which the nerves in the spinal canal are closed in, or compressed, causing buttock and leg pain.

  
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Lumbar Spine Anatomy

Learn about the main parts of your low back and how these parts work to help you care for your lower back problem.

 
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Lumbar Spondylolistheses

A condition in which one of the spine bones slips forward over the one below it.

  

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Lumbar Spondylolysis

Occurs when a crack forms in the bony ring on the back of the spinal column.

 
 
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Piriformis Syndrome

Problems in the piriformis muscle that can cause pain in the sciatic nerve in the buttock and leg.



 
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Posterior Lumbar Fusion

Surgical procedure that joins two or more bones together at the back of the spine.

 

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Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion

Procedure used to treat problems such as disc degeneration, disc herniation, and spine instability.

 
 
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Sacral Insufficiency Fractures

Occurs when the sacral bone is unable to handle the stress of weight on the back.

 
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Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

Pain caused by abnormal motion in the sacroiliac joint located in the lower spine. 

 
 
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Treatment Guidelines for Low Back Pain Learn about how lower back pain is treated.

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To make an appointment with one of the experts at GAMC's Spine Institute, call (818) 863-4444.