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Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Lumbar spinal stenosis is a gradual narrowing of the space where nerves pass through the spine. When this narrowing occurs, the spinal nerves and cord are compressed adding pressure, which may cause pain and/or nerve damage.

Lumbar spinal stenosis may be a result everyday wear and tear on the spine or due to long-standing trauma. The most common cause of spinal stenosis, however, is osteoarthritis, which begins to cause changes in the spine in those over age 50. The condition may also be caused by a birth defect, as some people are born with a narrower spinal canal, or a genetic disease affecting bone and muscle development throughout the body.

Symptoms of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis may include:

  • Decreased endurance during physical exercise and activities
  • Weakness and/or loss of balance
  • Numbness and a “prickly” feeling in your legs, calves or buttocks
  • Aching, dull back pain radiating (spreading) to your legs

These symptoms should improve when you sit, lean forward, lie on your back or sit with your feet raised.

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Treatment

If lumbar spinal stenosis is established as your diagnosis, your doctor may recommend one or more of the following treatment plans based on your specific condition:

  • Physical therapy and strengthening exercises
  • Rest and a restriction of physical activity
  • Injections (corticosteroids) to help reduce the pain and swelling
  • Medications and analgesics to reduce pain and swelling

If your symptoms do not improve with other methods, your physician may suggest a surgical solution, such as minimally invasive surgery. Call 330.835.5533 to schedule an appointment with a Summa spine specialist to learn more.


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If your situation is an emergency, call 911.