What is spinal stenosis of the lumbar region and how is it treated?
Spinal stenosis of the lumbar region is a condition that describes the narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back (lumbar spine). As a degenerative spine condition, lumbar spinal stenosis is often caused by the natural aging and weakening of the spine.
In many cases, other degenerative spine conditions, such as a herniated disc or spinal arthritis, can expand into the spinal canal, limiting the space for nerves to travel. To learn about the symptoms of this condition as well as the treatment options available for relief, read the following article.
Symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis
If a nerve root or spinal cord is compressed within the spinal canal, the following spinal stenosis symptoms can develop:
Because spinal stenosis of the lumbar region affects nerves in the lower back, the symptoms can travel from the lower back through the length of the nerve pathway, reaching down the buttocks and legs and sometimes into the feet.
Treating lumbar spinal stenosis
Initially, your doctor may recommend a series of conservative treatments for spinal stenosis of the lumbar region. These treatments aim to relieve pressure on the pinched nerve and reduce your symptoms. The conservative treatments commonly used for spinal stenosis include:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen to reduce inflammation and ease pain
- Hot and cold compresses to the lower back to relieve muscle tension, reduce inflammation and numb pain
- Weight management to relieve excess pressure on the lower back
After several weeks or months of these treatments, you should be able to notice a significant reduction in your pain and discomfort. However, if you are still suffering or have not noticed any improvement in your condition, you may require spine surgery to relieve the pressure on your spine.
Surgery for spinal stenosis of the lumbar region
At Laser Spine Institute, we are the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. Since 2005, our minimally invasive decompression and minimally invasive stabilization procedures have helped thousands of patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain. Because we approach spine surgery with a small incision and no muscle disruption, our procedures offer a lower risk of complication and infection^ compared to traditional open neck or open back surgery.
The board-certified+ surgeons at Laser Spine Institute perform a number of minimally invasive procedures which are safer and effective alternatives to traditional open spine surgery.^ The procedures performed at our state-of-the-art facilities have allowed those suffering from spinal stenosis of the lumbar region to recapture their quality of life from this debilitating condition. To learn more about the advantages of our minimally invasive spine surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute today.
Unlike open spine surgery, Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and have a shorter recovery time compared to traditional open spine surgery.^ To learn more and to find out if you’re a candidate for a minimally invasive procedure that addresses spinal stenosis of the lumbar region, reach out to Laser Spine Institute and ask our team for a free MRI review.*