Lumbar Stenosis Treatments at Maimonides Spine Center in Brooklyn
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Spinal stenosis refers to narrowing of the spine. It’s commonly caused by bony growths that develop because of arthritis; these bony growths decrease the spaces in the spine, which can cause a nerve to become compressed, leading to pain and nerve-related problems.
Other possible causes of lumbar stenosis include degenerative disc disease, a herniated disc, overgrowth of ligament structures in the spine, tumors, and Paget’s disease (which also causes bony growths that reduce space in the spinal column).
Lumbar stenosis is the most common type of spinal stenosis, but stenosis can occur anywhere in the spinal column, including the middle-upper spine (thoracic stenosis) and the neck (cervical stenosis).
Lumbar stenosis can lead to other health problems if left untreated—that’s why it’s important to see a spine specialist right away if you’re experiencing symptoms like low back pain, or weakness, numbness, or tingling in one or both legs or feet.
Lumbar Stenosis Symptoms
The symptoms of lumbar stenosis usually develop gradually over time and often come and go; they can include:
- Leg pain (sciatica)
- Leg pain while walking
- Numbness, tingling, or weakness that radiates from the lower back into the buttocks and legs
- A loss of sensation in legs and feet
Most people experience relief from lumbar spinal stenosis symptoms when they sit or lean forward. Standing or bending backward can make symptoms worse. Walking often worsens the pain and can become difficult for people with advanced lumbar stenosis; walking long distances may eventually become impossible.
Lumbar Stenosis Treatment
Spine doctors generally begin with conservative (non-surgical) lumbar spinal stenosis treatments. These can include activity modification, certain exercises, anti-inflammatory medications (e.g., ibuprofen), and epidural steroid injections (ESIs), which reduce inflammation and temporarily relieve pain.
Some people will need lumbar spinal stenosis surgery, but generally only if their mobility and ability to participate in everyday activities has been significantly and unacceptably reduced and conservative treatments have not provided adequate relief.
The most common surgical procedure is lumbar laminectomy, in which the surgeon creates more space in the lumbar spine by removing the lamina—the back part of a vertebra that covers the spinal canal; this relieves pressure on the spinal cord and nerves and can significantly reduce or eliminate symptoms. Lumbar laminectomy has a high success rate (about 80%).
Your spine specialist will perform a thorough physical exam, order any necessary diagnostic tests, and recommend a tailored treatment plan based on your specific needs.
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Specialists at Maimonides Medical Center
If you have lower back pain and other symptoms, don’t wait—see a spine specialist right away. Lumbar stenosis can get worse over time and lead to other problems.
The expert spine specialists at Maimonides provide tailored treatment solutions for lumbar stenosis at our state-of-the-art facility in Brooklyn, NY. We work closely with patients to understand their needs and concerns and coordinate care with other specialists, including physical therapists, to develop customized treatment plans.