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.
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:
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:
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:
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.
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