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).
Commonly referred to as a “degenerative condition,” spinal stenosis in the lumbar spine 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 within the spinal canal for nerves to travel.
If a nerve is compressed within the spinal canal due to spinal stenosis, the following symptoms can develop:
- Muscle fatigue
- Burning sensation
Because lumbar spinal stenosis 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 your lumbar spinal stenosis. These treatments aim to relieve pressure on the pinched nerve and reduce your symptoms. The conservative treatments commonly used for spinal stenosis include:
- Over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen to reduce inflammation and mitigate pain
- Hot/cold compresses to the lower back to relieve muscle tension and reduce inflammation and numb pain
- Weight loss to relieve strain on the lower back
After several months of these treatments, you should be able to notice a significant reduction in your pain and symptoms. 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 pinched nerve.
Laser Spine Institute
At Laser Spine Institute, we are the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. To date, our minimally invasive decompression and minimally invasive stabilization procedures have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain.
Because we approach spine surgery with a minimal incision and no muscle disruption, our procedures offer a lower risk of complication and infection and a shorter recovery time^ than traditional open neck or open back surgery.
The surgeons at Laser Spine Institute perform a number of minimally invasive procedures which are safer and effective alternatives to traditional open spine surgery. Our state-of-the-art procedures have helped tens of thousands of patients find relief from neck and back pain. Unlike open spine surgery, Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and have a shorter recovery time^. 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, contact Laser Spine Institute.