Symptoms and Causes of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
One of the most common reasons people visit their neurosurgeon in Dallas for spinal care is due to spinal stenosis, which occurs when the spaces within the spine begin narrowing. Lumbar spinal stenosis is often caused by wear and tear in the spine due to osteoarthritis. There are basically two types of spinal stenosis, with the most common being lumbar stenosis, which means the spine in the lower part of your back is narrowing. As the spine narrows, it may put pressure on the nerves that travel through your spine. Although some people may not experience any symptoms, some experience tingling, numbness, pain, and muscle weakness. These symptoms may worsen over time. Here is more information on the symptoms and causes of lumbar spinal stenosis and how your neurosurgeon in Dallas can help.
Symptoms of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
The most common symptom and the main reason why many people seek spinal care is increased pain in the legs when walking, which can quickly diminish your level of activity. Most people with lumbar spinal stenosis don’t experience discomfort when sitting or lying down, but they cannot walk very far without experiencing pain in their legs. Many people with lumbar spinal stenosis notice that their symptoms fluctuate. The duration and severity of the symptoms vary from one person to the next, so the best way to determine the ideal treatment is by visiting a neurosurgeon for a consultation. Other than leg pain, some symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis include:
- Tingling in the lower buttocks and/or legs
- Weakness in the legs
- Numbness that radiates from your lower back into your buttocks and legs
Causes of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Lumbar spinal stenosis is most common in women and men over the age of 50, so the cause is commonly associated with aging. However, it may occur in younger people, especially those who suffer a spinal injury or are born with a narrowing of the spinal canal. Although aging is the most common factor for lumbar spinal stenosis, there are other causes for this condition, including:
- Degenerative arthritis
- Degenerative disc disease
- Tumors on or that spread to the spine
- Spinal infection
- Metabolic bone disease
When consulting with your neurosurgeon in Dallas regarding spinal care for lumbar spinal stenosis, he may recommend a lumbar brace or a corset, which will help provide support and help you regain mobility. Other treatment options recommended may include modification of your activity, an exercise program that targets the lumbar region of the spine, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and/or epidural injections, which are steroids that provide an anti-inflammatory agent and temporary pain relief. Depending on the severity, your neurosurgeon may recommend surgery.
If you are experiencing symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis, contact WellSpine Professional Association to schedule an exam.