What other problems can a degenerative lumbar spine create?
If you have a degenerative lumbar spine, you are not alone. This is a very common condition that arises due to the natural wear and tear process that comes with aging. Over the years, the gel-like spinal discs between the five lumbar vertebrae in the lower back, referred to as L1 to L5, begin to break down. The joints between the vertebrae, referred to as the facet joints, also degenerate and lose their protective cartilage covering.
Weakened discs and worn facet joints in the lower back can cause a number of degenerative spine conditions, including:
- Bulging discs — When a disc begins to weaken and swell into the spinal canal
- Herniated discs — When the inner fluid of a disc rips through its tough exterior and expels into the spinal canal
- Spinal stenosis — When the spinal canal begins to narrow and put pressure on the nerves that travel from your spinal cord to your muscles
- Pinched nerves — When a bulging or herniated disc puts increased pressure on a spinal nerve
- Bone spurs — When bony growths form on your vertebrae in response to continual rubbing on arthritic facet joints
If you have a degenerative lumbar spine and are experiencing chronic pain or discomfort, Laser Spine Institute may be able to help. We are the leader in minimally invasive surgery, and we have helped thousands of patients find meaningful relief from their neck and back pain.
Contact Laser Spine Institute today to learn more about your spine health and how we can help treat symptoms caused by a degenerative lumbar spine. We can offer you a free MRI review* that will help determine whether you’re a candidate for our minimally invasive surgeries.