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what is lumbar spinal stenosis?

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Dr. Loren Lewis
Occupational Medicine 34 years experience
Narrow spinal canal : There is a canal surrounded by a membrane that goes through the middle of the vertebrae. The spinal cord sits inside the canal surrounded by fluid. If a disc is bulging or ruptured/herniated toward the rear, this may cause pressure on the canal and it is narrowed. This may put pressure on the spinal cord or nerves within the canal causing local pain or neurologic symptoms from nerve compression.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
A narrow spine canal: When the canal of the spine is too narrow leading to a compression of the spinal cord, thecal sac or nerve roots or all the above in the lower back or lumbar region that happens because you are either born with a developmentally small canal or it happens over time due to degenerative changes or further acquired by deformities/instabilities or through some fracture patterns or disc herniations.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Common problem: For patients that have failed appropriate conservative care, surgery can be very beneficial. A thorough work up is required. The most common surgical treatment is a laminectomy. The success rate is good. Check out spinehealth .Com.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Narrowing: A narrowing or "pinching" of the nerve canal.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

Is lumbar spinal stenosis curable?

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Dr. Greg Khounganian
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 18 years experience
Surgery: Spinal stenosis is the condition where the canal which the nerves and spinal cord travels gets narrow. This can be congenital or progressive due to arthritis. Rare causes for stenosis are infection and tumor. To cure it you need surgery. But if you have stenosis due to arthritis it can be treated with medications, therapy and injections. If those don't work, surgery may be the best option.
A 47-year-old member asked:

How is lumbar spinal stenosis typically diagnosed?

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Dr. James Wolfe
Pain Management 32 years experience
Depends.: Clinically, the diagnosis is often made by symptoms of neurogenic claudication, in the absence of any overt vascular disease. Typically this a tight or heavy ache in the legs with prolonged standing or walking that resolves quickly with sitting. The diagnosis can be confirmed by mri. Not all patients with MRI evidence of spinal stenosis will have symptoms.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Whats lumbar spinal stenosis?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Let us help: Lumbar stenosis, the spinal nerve roots in the lower back are compressed, or choked, and this can produce symptoms of sciatica -- tingling, weakness or numbness that radiates from the low back and into the buttocks and legs -- especially with activity.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What can end my lumbar spinal stenosis?

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Depends on symptoms: Some people with stenosis have no symptoms or back pain (no leg pain); in them the stenosis needs no treatment and the pain is treated with exercise, stretching, medication, etc. Mild leg symptoms may respond to those same treatments. Mild to moderate may do well with injections. More severe leg problems generally do well with surgical decompression.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Can lumbar spinal stenosis be cured?

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Dr. Jason Beasley
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Many things: Depending on the severity, stenosis of the lumbar spine can be treated with medications, physical therapy, injections, or surgery.

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