Lumbar spinal AP radiographs of 13 C3-TIl paraparetic patients taken at about a 10 year interval were compared. The height (H) and maximum width (W) of the interapophysolaminar spaces (IALS), the width of the vertebral bodies at their waist (V) and the relationship between them showed minimal change over the follow up period. The difference between the late and early mean IALS height values increased caudally but was statistically significant only below L5. Subjective evaluation of the consecutive x-ray films revealed few new degenerative abnormalities. It is concluded that the normal aging process, which includes horizontal spreading of the lumbar vertebral bodies and narrowing of the lumbar spinal canal, is not accelerated by paraparesis and may even be retarded by relative immobilization.
- Interlaminoapophyseal space (IALS)
- Lumbar spine
- Spinal canal