Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis – Discovering the Causes, Symptoms and Your Treatment Options

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Lumbar spinal stenosis is commonly attributed to the effects of ageing. As we get older, our spines change and it is normal for the bones, muscles, ligaments, discs and nerves to experience wear and tear over time. However, in some cases, the spinal cord will begin to narrow, putting pressure on the nerve roots which can lead to pain, numbness or weakness that can be felt in the lower part of the body. While the condition affects most individuals over the age of 60, not all patients will develop symptoms. Even though little can be done to prevent the degenerative changes that result in lumbar spinal stenosis, keeping up with regular exercise and physical therapy can help.

The Causes of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Ageing causes our bodies to change and is one of the leading causes of lumbar spinal stenosis. Aside from age, some other causes of the condition may include:

  • Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Connective tissue inflammation
  • Narrowing of the spinal canal
  • Traumatic injury to the spine
  • Spinal infections, tumors or other diseases
  • Metabolic conditions
  • Prior spinal surgery

The Symptoms of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Gradual wear and tear over the years can cause changes to the spine by the age of 50. This is the main reason why individuals who develop symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis are aged 50 and older. In addition to age, some common symptoms of the condition may also include:

  • Pain originating in the lower back that travels down the buttocks and legs
  • Stiffness, numbness or weakness in the buttocks, legs and feet
  • Worsening pain when standing, leaning or walking
  • Incontinence, or loss of bowel and bladder control

Treatment Options for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Mild to moderate symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis can usually be treated using non-surgical methods. Some of the most common treatment options for relieving pain and restoring function include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications to relieve pain and swelling
  • Steroid injections to reduce swelling
  • Minimally invasive decompression surgery
  • Using a brace to provide additional support
  • Physical therapy stretches and exercises to strengthen the back, core and leg muscles
  • Acupuncture or chiropractic care

While spinal surgery offers a number of potential benefits, always get advice from your doctor first to determine if this course of treatment is right for you. While there is no cure for lumbar spinal stenosis, the specialists from Jackson Neurosurgery Clinic can help you find an effective solution to manage the condition so you can continue living a normal life.

Contact us today to learn more about lumbar spinal stenosis or to schedule a consultation with one of our specialists. We’ll find a solution that works for you! Call us at:
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