What is Spinal Stenosis?
Spinal stenosis is a result of wear and tear on the spine usually attributed to the ageing process. During spinal stenosis the spinal canal narrows causing a pinching sensation in the nerves which often leads to; severe and persistent pain in the gluteal region, loss of sensation or feeling (numbness) in the legs and a reduction in your ability to engage in physical activities.
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What is Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?
Lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) is caused when growth of bone or tissue or both reduces the size of the opening of the spinal bones. This is called narrowing of the lower spinal canal. The resulting narrowing of the opening can cause compression and irritation of the nerves that branch out from the spinal cord and can irritate the spinal cord itself which, may cause pain, numbness, or tingling in your lower back, legs or buttocks, limiting your ability to stand or walk.
What are the Causes of lumbar Spinal Stenosis?
Many patients experience this condition because of spinal degeneration brought on by age. Other factors leading to lumbar spinal stenosis include spinal disc herniation, osteoporosis or the presence of a tumor on the spine. Spinal stenosis can affect the cervical (neck) or lumbar (lower back) regions of the body. Both conditions can also be a congenital condition, present but undetected in some patients from birth.
How can lumbar Spinal Stenoisis be treated?
Traditionally, physicians have recommended epidural and facet block injections to treat LSS when the non-invasive measures are not effective. Epidural injections use steroids as an anti-inflammatory agent to provide relief.