Lumbar spinal stenosis is a condition caused by narrowing of the spinal canal within the region of the lower back (the lumbar spine).
It results from gradual wear and tear on the spine, which puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerves.
Lumbar spinal stenosis may be genetic, but is most often caused by degenerative disc disease associated with aging. Conditions that may increase the risk of developing the condition include scoliosis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, spinal tumors and trauma.
Symptoms of stenosis, which may not be noticeable until the stenosis has become fairly severe, include a deep aching in the low back, buttocks and thigh, and intense numbness or pain in the legs. The pain may radiate down the legs and flare up after standing, walking or exercising.
Many individuals with stenosis find that their symptoms can be somewhat relieved by sitting or by leaning or bending forward while standing.
The spine specialists at Lancaster Orthopedic Group provide advanced diagnostic procedures and the latest therapies and treatments for lumbar spinal stenosis and many other spinal injuries and conditions.
Conservative treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis may include rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and corticosteroid shots. If nonsurgical methods are not successful at relieving symptoms, minimally invasive spine surgery may be an option.