Lumbar (Low Back) Pain Stenosis

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Stenosis and Lumbar Pain

Spinal stenosis is characterized by a narrowing of the spinal column or openings where the nerves leave the spinal column. It can be caused by herniated discs, arthritis or for other reasons but one of its chief symptoms is lumbar pain in the low back that can radiate down into the buttocks and legs.

Lumbar Pain Symptoms – Stenosis

Lumbar Spinal stenosis involves the narrowing of the spinal canal in the low back. When the spinal canal narrows, nerves are compressed leading to sometimes severe lumbar pain. Because there is a great deal of bending and twisting in this part of the spine, there is a higher risk that a nerve in it will become pinched in the spinal canal.

Is Stenosis a Symptom of Lumbar Pain?

Spinal Stenosis is caused by narrowing of the spinal column or the narrowing of the openings (neural foramina) where the spinal nerves lead to the spinal column in the back and can be a great source of lumbar or low back pain. Some common causes of this condition are spinal arthritis, herniated, bulging or slipped discs, spinal injury, tumors, and bone disease. Spinal Stenosis is more common in older adults and occurs as the discs of the spine become drier and begin to shrink.

The most common symptoms for spinal stenosis that are experienced are lumbar pain, numbness, or cramping in the neck, shoulders, arms, buttocks, back or thighs. Weakness in one part of the leg or arm is also common. Many times, symptoms are only experienced on one side of the body.

Though the cervical spine can also suffer the debilitating effects of spinal stenosis, when it is located in the lower back, it can affect posture, gait, and bladder and bowel function. Symptoms are typically less severe when the individual sits down or leans forward. Symptoms are typically worse when walking or standing, especially for long periods of time.

Diagnosing spinal stenosis requires several tests. In addition to a detailed medical history, a physical exam will evaluate leg reflexes, range of motion, and peripheral pulses. Diagnostic tests may include a spinal X-ray, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and/or a computerized tomography (CT) scan. These tests can help the physician rule out other conditions and provide you with an accurate diagnosis.

If you have tried home relief and are seeking treatment by a board certified physician who specializes in spinal stenosis of the lumbar spine, please contact us anytime at (866) 398-0868.

At a Glance: Stenosis and Lumbar Pain

  • Lumbar Spinal stenosis involves the narrowing of the spinal canal in the low back
  • Physical therapy or chiropractic care may help alleviate lumbar pain associated with spinal stenosis
  • Making lifestyle changes may work as a preventative measure against stenosis, including maintaining a healthy body weight, exercising regularly and not smoking
  • When pressing on a nerve, lumbar pain as a symptom of spinal stenosis may not be localized

Health Tips For Low Back

  • Use proper lifting techniques at all times to protect your spine
  • Exercise good posture when standing and while seated
  • Exercise to strengthen the muscles in the lumbar spine and the core
  • Avoid smoking as the chemicals in cigarettes can cause to unnecessary disc  and bone degeneration

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