Backache has been the scourge of mankind ever since man assumed the erect posture. The pain has troubled patients and treating doctors alike. Pin pointing the cause of backache and treating it successfully has been the constant endeavor of clinicians. Degenerative disease of the spine is one of the common and frequently encountered causes of low back pain in the elderly.
Aim of the study: To compare the functional outcome in single level lumbar canal stenosis of fluorotic and non-fluorotic patients treated with decompressive laminectomy.
Materials and Methods: All patients who presented to the hospital for back ache were evaluated clinically and MRI was done to identify the pathology and level of lesion. All patients identified as single level LCS was further investigated for serum and urinary Fluoride and then dividing the patients into two groups-Fluorotic Group (10 cases) and Non-Fluorotic Group (10 cases).
Results: Caludication distance, visual analogue score, oswestry disability score and Japanese orthopedics association score increased in both group.
Conclusion: Decompression laminectomy is considered as a gold standard treatment in the cases of lumbar canal stenosis when the conservative management doesn’t give proper relief to the patient.