Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Lumbar spinal stenosis refers to a narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back. This narrowing puts pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots. It may be due to a herniated intervertebral disc, swelling of the tissues around the spine, accumulation of bone spurs, or injury – all of which may lead to pressure on the spinal cord. Symptoms include pain in the lower back, hips, and legs; and may progress to weakness or numbness of the lower extremities, and urinary or bowel incontinence.

Lumbar stenosis is diagnosed through physical examination, MRI, and myelogram to visualize the spine, spinal cord and any possible pressure points. Treatments include ice and/or heat, anti-inflammatory medication, and physical therapy. Surgery may be recommended if these treatments do not relieve symptoms.

The following surgical procedures are done to treat lumbar spinal stenosis:

Lumbar Laminectomy


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