What does hypertrophy of the ligamentum flavum mean?

What does hypertrophy of the ligamentum flavum mean?

What does hypertrophy of the ligamentum flavum mean?

abnormal thickening
Ligamentum flavum hypertrophy refers to abnormal thickening of the ligamentum flavum. If severe, it can be associated with central canal stenosis.

How is ligamentum flavum hypertrophy treated?

The current treatment approach for LF thickening includes operative and nonoperative treatment. Operative treatment includes such procedures as excision of the LF, decompressive laminectomy, and minimally invasive decompression.

Does ligamentum flavum hypertrophy cause pain?

Calcification of the ligament causes hypertrophy and can lead to spinal canal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal) which can sometimes cause pain. If the ligamentum flavum buckles to the point that it impinges a spinal nerve, a patient may experience the following symptoms of spinal stenosis: Weakness. Numbness.

What does the ligamentum flavum do?

The function of the ligamentum flavum is to maintain upright posture. It helps to preserve the normal curvature of the spine and to straighten the column after it has been flexed. However, the elasticity of the ligamentum flavum decreases with age, and this may be associated with hypertrophy and buckling.

What does ligamentum flavum feel like?

Pass the needle through the ligamentum flavum, which may feel as a sudden yielding sensation or give as it is penetrated, often referred to as a ‘pop’.

Can ligamentum flavum hypertrophy be reversed?

Ligamentum Flavum Hypertrophy is treatable and reversible through our methods and technology with consistent therapy programs.

What movement does ligamentum flavum limit?

Primary Spinal Ligaments Include:

Ligament Spinal Region Limits…
Ligamentum Flavum Axis – Sacrum Flexion
Supraspinous Thoracic & Lumbar Flexion
Interspinous Lumbar Flexion
Intertransverse Lumbar Lateral flexion