Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Explained

The pain and discomfort brought on by lumbar spinal stenosis can really cramp your style (pun intended.) Learn about the causes and symptoms of this disorder to determine if you’re suffering from it.

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Causes

Lumbar spinal stenosis can be brought on by a number of causes that lessen the amount of space available inside the spine that leads to pressure on the spinal cord and nerves within. The most common causes of spinal stenosis are:

  • Bone spurs. Osteoarthritis damage to the spinal bones can bring about the growth of bone spurs that may grow into the spinal canal and either block it, or cause pressure themselves.
  • Herniated discs. The rubbery discs between each spinal vertebrae may crack and have it’s softer inner material poke out and press on the spinal cord or nerves. Alternatively, a disc may slip (slipped disc) and press on the nerves located along the spinal column. Each would narrow the spinal canal.
  • Abnormal growths. Tumors or abnormal tissue growths can form anywhere alongside or in the spinal column causes pressure on the spinal nerves and narrowing the canal.
  • Spinal trauma. Injuries to the spine can cause damage to one or more vertebrae which can cause nearby tissues to become inflamed. The subsequent swelling can put pressure on the spinal cord.

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Symptoms

Lumbar spinal stenosis typically deals with a number of symptoms that involve pain and discomfort in the lumbar (lower back) area, in addition to frequent cramping up and down the legs. The pain can be intensified when walking or standing for too long.

Common symptoms for lumbar spinal stenosis are:

  • low back pain
  • leg weakness
  • numbness in lower back and/or legs
  • pain and cramping in legs
  • loss of sensation in the legs and feet.

If the pain persists or becomes chronic, treatment from a pain specialist is recommended. There is no reason to live uncomfortably when pain relief is only a call or click away at Florida Pain Relief Group.

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Lumbar spinal stenosis can get complicated.

If spinal stenosis worsens or goes untreated for too long, it can lead to further complications like loss of balance, incontinence and even in some cases, paralysis. Your health and well-being are too precious to brush aside. Contact Florida Pain Relief Group now.