Lumbar canal stenosis is the condition that occurs when the spinal canal narrows over time as part of the natural aging process, specifically in the lumbar (lower back) section of the spine. By itself, spinal stenosis does not necessarily cause any symptoms. In fact, depending on your age, it is entirely likely that your spinal canal openings are significantly narrower now than when you were younger. This is only problematic when narrowing causes the impingement upon a spinal nerve, or the spinal cord itself. The symptoms of nerve compression may vary, but typically include pain, which radiates along the course of the entrapped nerve. Other possible symptoms include weakness, loss of reflexes and tingling.
Lumbar canal stenosis can result in symptoms in the lower back, buttocks, hips, thighs, calves, ankles, feet and even down to the toes. Many patients feel pain that radiates all the way down one or both legs. However, even for such far-reaching and often painful symptoms, conservative, nonsurgical treatments are usually very effective in mitigating the early symptoms caused by lumbar canal stenosis. Conservative therapy can include many treatment methods, such as:
- Physical therapy
- Hot/cold therapy
- Pain medications
- Chiropractic manipulation
- And others
Minimally invasive procedures
If conservative treatment has failed to ease your symptoms caused by lumbar or cervical canal stenosis , contact Laser Spine Institute. Our innovative, outpatient surgical procedures are minimally invasive alternatives to traditional open back surgery. Our orthopedic specialists have helped tens of thousands of patients address the cause of their symptoms while avoiding the negative aspects of traditional open spine surgery.