Lumbar spinal stenosis is caused by the narrowing of the spaces surrounding the spinal cord and is typically due to the aging process or arthritis. In most cases, the ligaments of the spine begin to thicken and form osteophytes (bone spurs) around the spinal cord. This can cause the nerves of the spine to become irritated or impinged which can lead to localized pain in the lower back or radiating pain through the buttocks and legs (known as Sciatica). In other cases, the spinal cord itself may become impinged as well.
Signs & Symptoms
- Lower back pain
- Radiating pain into the buttocks and legs (Sciatica)
- Increased pain in the legs when walking
How is it Treated?
- Physical Therapy
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Epidural injection(s)
- Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery