Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Lumbar spinal stenosis is a condition in which a portion of the spinal canal in the lower portion of the back, known as the lumbar region, narrows. Many times this condition doesn’t produce any symptoms because it does not progress to the point that a nearby nerve root or the spinal cord is compressed. However, when it does get this severe, it can present symptoms such as pain, tingling, numbness, burning, and more in the lower back, buttocks, legs, and feet.
There are a number of possible causes for this condition, and these include:
- Genetic predisposition
- Bone spurs
- Facet joint disease
Most of the time, spinal stenosis can be treated with conservative options like exercise, stretching, heat therapy, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory and pain medicines, cortisol injections, and more. However, a small percentage of people continue to experience debilitating symptoms due to this condition even after trying all of these techniques. For this group, surgery becomes the only option left for relief, but that doesn’t have to mean traditional open back or neck surgery. Laser Spine Institute offers a number of alternative procedures that are extremely effective but use minimally invasive, endoscopic techniques that don’t require general anesthesia, a long recovery, cutting of muscle, or other traditional methods that can result in negative side effects.
For more information on lumbar spinal stenosis, Laser Spine Institute’s procedures, or to have one of its team members review your MRI or CT scan free of charge and find out if you are a candidate, contact Laser Spine Institute today.