Lumbar spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spaces in the spinal canal in your lower back. This narrowing causes pressure on your spinal cord or the nerves that go from your spinal cord to your muscles. As a result, people may experience little to no pain, while others experience moderate to severe pain and will require treatment.
Spinal stenosis is caused by wear and tear damage from osteoarthritis, disk herniation, and abnormal thickening of ligament flavum (LF). Symptoms can include pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in the lower extremities, along with back pain and difficulty with walking.
A Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) study will help the surgeon to make a diagnosis of spinal stenosis. Patients should consult with a specialist prior to getting an MRI.
Spinal stenosis can be conservatively treated through physical therapy and epidural steroid injections. However, the gold standard and the most effective therapy is lumbar laminectomy (decompression) surgery.
For most patients, relief from pain is almost immediate. However, weakness and numbness take a few weeks to resolve
For a proper diagnosis of your condition, request a consultation.