How do I know if I have Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?

What Causes Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?

Lumbar spinal stenosis can be the result of numerous causes. They include:

  • Osteoarthritis (or arthritis)
  • Injuries or instability in the neck
  • Herniated discs
  • Circumstances where someone is born with a small spinal canal

While there are many other causes of lumbar spinal stenosis, these are the most common causes. If you’re experiencing any of these, reach out to Jenkins Neurospine to set up an appointment today.

What Are Symptoms of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?

Lumbar spinal stenosis can cause a variety of symptoms. Symptoms to be aware of are:

  • Weakness in the legs
  • Pain in the back or legs when walking
  • Impairment of bladder or bowel function with either incontinence or retention
  • Pain in the legs (a sharp, burning, or electrical pain that goes up or down the back or legs.)

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you may be suffering from lumbar spinal stenosis. Don’t live in pain or discomfort, reach out to our team today. We can help.

What Is The Right Treatment For Me?

The treatment of symptomatic lumbar stenosis that has progressed in spite of conservative management (ie, less than surgery) is usually dependent upon the severity of the stenosis, whether there is associated spinal deformity, and what is the cause of the stenosis. It can include:

  • Anterior procedures (such as anterior or lateral fusions, done open or minimally invasively)
  • Posterior procedures in the back (such as laminectomy, with or without fusion, laminoplasty
  • Minimally invasive treatments (when appropriate).

If conservative treatment options have not worked for you, it may be time to seek other treatment options.

Contact the team at Jenkins NeuroSpine to set up an appointment to begin your journey to pain relief.