Lower Back Pain

Lumbar Stenosis

The narrowing of the spinal canal because of excessive growth of bones and tissues often disturbs and pinches the nerves of the spinal cord which can cause pain ,numbness, weakness in the legs, back and feet . This condition is generally referred to as the Spinal stenosis. And when this phenomenon occurs in the lower back or the lumbar area, it is known as lumbar spinal stenosis. Old age plays an important role in the degeneration of the spine and sometimes osteoarthritis damages the cushioning of the joints which augments the process of deterioration of the spinal discs.

Usually, lumbar stenosis is an age-related problem as it usually occurs in people over the age of 50. The symptoms of this disease include weakness, numbness, pain or a camping feeling in the legs, back, buttocks or sometimes the feet. You may experience pain when you walk, stand or lean on your back. In the most severe cases, you can even experience malfunctioning of your bladder and the bowel.

To test whether you are suffering from lumbar stenosis or not, physicians would first about the symptoms you have experienced. This will be followed by a physical examination to confirm your status. The doctor would then suggest either a CT scan or an MRI scan. Regarding the treatments, it depends on the severity of the condition.

In the moderate cases, treatment is basically done through simple prescription medications like analgesics, non-steroidal and anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs. Injections like corticosteroids are helpful in reducing the inflammation. You can try some form of physical therapies like walking, jogging, aerobics and yoga. In more complicated cases of lumbar spinal stenosis, surgery is recommended to remove the bone and tissue that cases the stenosis in your spinal nerves.