Lumbar Stenosis Treatment
Lumbar stenosis is characterized by narrowing within the spinal canal in the lower back. It is a degenerative spine condition that often stems from normal age-related ailments like osteoarthritis. Non-surgical lumbar stenosis treatment is generally recommended as a first-line measure for improving function and pain relief.
What Causes Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?
Degenerative changes in the spinal structures are the primary cause of lumbar stenosis. Other causes include spinal injuries, spondylolisthesis, infection, tumors, or congenital defects that create a smaller spinal canal. People over 50 are more likely to develop spinal stenosis because of wear and tear on intervertebral disks and facet joints. Narrowing of the lumbar spine can occur at different sites, including the lateral region underneath the facet joints, the intervertebral foramen, and the spinal canal.
Symptoms of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Lumbar spinal stenosis typically presents with pain exacerbated by prolonged ambulation, standing, and lumbar extension. It is relieved by forward flexion and rest. Neurogenic claudication is another issue of lumbar spinal stenosis. Patients complain of pain or discomfort radiating to the buttock, thigh, and lower leg after walking for a certain distance, leading to functional disability and decreased walking capacity.
- Tingling in the legs
- Loss of sensation in one or both feet
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
How Is Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Diagnosed?
A physical exam will look for signs of abnormal reflexes, weakness, and loss of sensation in the lower extremities. X-rays, MRI scans, and CT scans can also help make an accurate lumbar stenosis diagnosis
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Surgery & Non-Surgical Treatment
Lower back stenosis can cause a range of symptoms that negatively impact daily life. Treatment plans are individualized based on clinical presentation, but non-surgical modalities should be utilized first.
Conservative management for lumbar spinal stenosis includes:
- Physical therapy
- Epidural steroid injections
- Activity modification
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Analgesic painkillers
Lumbar Stenosis Surgery
When non-operative measures fail to alleviate pain or improve mobility, patients may benefit from lower back surgery using a minimally invasive approach.
The most common surgery for treating stenosis of the lower spine is a:
Lumbar Laminectomy – This procedure uses microscopic instruments to create space within the spinal canal. The recovery is quick, and most patients can return home the same day.
Lumbar Stenosis Treatment Consultation in DFW
A board-certified neurosurgeon, David Barnett, MD treats and provides a second opinion for patients with degenerative conditions of the lower back. For more information about treatment for lower lumbar stenosis, please contact our office to request a consultation with an award-winning Dallas neurosurgeon.
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