Arthritis in the lower spine
Individuals diagnosed with spinal arthritis typically experience persistent joint stiffness, limited range of motion and localized pain. Also known as lumbosacral arthritis, it is a leading cause of spinal disc degeneration and may produce symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis.
Lumbar spinal stenosis, or a narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back region, is a common cause of sciatica. “Sciatica” is a term that encompasses the symptoms felt when the sciatic nerve is pinched. Degeneration of the spinal discs or the cartilage that covers the spinal facet joints in the lower back can lead to the irritation or compression of the collection of spinal nerves contributing to the large sciatic nerve.
The sciatic nerve runs across the buttocks, toward the hips and then down the back of the legs on both sides of the body, and is the longest, thickest nerve in the body. In addition to tenderness in the area of lower-back degeneration, you might experience weakness, numbness, tingling or a burning sensation in the buttocks or legs if sciatica is present.
Lumbar spinal arthritis has no cure, but symptoms generally can be managed through conservative (nonsurgical) treatments. For example, to help support the lumbar spine during daily activity, your physician might suggest that you wear a brace. Other conservative treatment options for the symptoms of arthritis in the lower spine include:
- Weight loss
- Chiropractic therapy
If conservative treatment fails to relieve chronic lower back pain, your physician could suggest surgery. However, surgery does not have to entail a highly invasive operation with extended hospitalization. At Laser Spine Institute, our surgeons treat the symptoms of lower spine arthritis using minimally invasive, outpatient procedures. Our minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures are a safer and more effective§ alternative to traditional open spine surgery, and the streamlined experience we offer eliminates hospital-associated costs and helps patients get back to their lives faster.
Contact us today to learn more about how our innovative procedures can help you find relief from your lower spine arthritis. Our team can review your most recent MRI report or CT scan to determine your candidacy.