What is Degenerative Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?
Degnerative lumbar spinal stenosis is a type of arthritis (wear and tear versus inflammatory) that affects the lower spine.
Repetitive stresses throughout the years can lead to degenerative arthritis. Bending, lifting, twisting, jumping, falls, strains and sprains can lead to degenerative changes in the lower spine.
Some of these changes include thinning of the discs, thickening of the joints and ligaments and disc bulging can all lead to narrowing of the holes that nerves pass through.
These nerves, called spinal nerves, exit through these holes and travel down your legs. When theses holes become narrowed, the spinal nerves can get compressed. Nerve compression can lead to burning, numbness, tingling and weakness.