lumbar spinal stenosis

Lumbar spinal stenosis overview

Lumbar spinal stenosis is the far more common of the two types of spinal stenosis. It occurs the lower portion of the spine, i.e. the lumbar spine. There are five vertebrae in the lumbar spin (lower back). Nerves exit the spinal cord thought openings in the sides of the vetebrae call foramina. These nerves control movement and sensation in the buttocks, legs, toes and lower extremity joints.

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Causes

Lumbar spinal stenosis can be caused by:

  1. Narrowing in the vetebral foramina – also known as foraminal stenosis. See foraminotomy for more information.
  2. Narrowing in the spinal canal – also known as central stenosis.

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Symptoms

When the narrowing and pressure is great enough on the spinal nerves or spinal cord it can cause the following symptoms:

  • Lower back pain.
  • Pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in the legs. The pain can be particularly intense when walking.
  • Pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in the buttock.

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Surgery

Are you in frequent and extreme pain?
Have you been diagnosed with lumbar spinal stenosis?
Have conservative treatments failed to provide long-term relief?

Thayer Health can provide you a free referral to a back specialist who can help. Our referral doctors specialize in minimally invasive procedures that can end the pain and help you get your life back to normal.  Our purpose is to ensure you receive great care from top doctors and get relief from lumbar spinal stenosis pain with fast recovery times.

We work with orthopedic experts that offer lumbar decompression, lumbar fusion, laminotomy, foraminotomy, and other surgeries to treat lumbar spinal stenosis. We only refer to top doctors specializing in the the latest, minimally invasive techniques that are performed on an outpatient basis. These breakthrough procedures are just as effective as traditional, open surgeries but offer a faster recovery time and less scarring.

Contact us today to receive a free doctor referral and a free review your MRI or CT scan.