What is Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?
Lumbar spinal stenosis is a leading cause of pain, disability and loss of independence in older adults. The number of people who will develop this condition is expected to grow dramatically in the next 20 years.
It is usually caused by age-related arthritic narrowing of the spinalcanals where nerves exit the spinetravelling to the lower back and legs.
This narrowing can cause compression of the spinal nerves leading to low back and leg pain,
numbness, weakness, and reduced ability to stand and walk.
What are the Symptoms of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?
Compression of the spinal nerves due to degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis can cause pain, burning, numbness, tingling and weakness of the legs, buttock and lower back.
The symptoms usually are brought on from standing and walking because the standing and walking posture further narrows the spinal canals.
People with degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis can only stand or walk for short periods of time, which significantly impacts their quality of life. Many are compelled to live a more sedentary lifestyle, which leads to further decline in their overall health.