Top
20
Doctor insights on: What Is Lumbar Stenosis

Share
1

1
What is lumbar spinal stenosis?

What is lumbar spinal stenosis?

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. ...Read more

See 3 more doctor answers

Stricture (Definition)

A stricture is an anatomic narrowing of any structure in the body with a lumen. Depending on the organ, the underlying causes can be traumatic, ...Read more


2

2
What can end my lumbar spinal stenosis?

What can end my lumbar spinal stenosis?

Only surgery: If truly indicated, surgery can open up the spinal canal fixing the stenosis. There is a chance, over time, that ongoing degenerative changes can lead to a recurrence. ...Read more

See 3 more doctor answers
3

3
What is the prognosis for lumbar stenosis with bulging discs at l4/l5 and l3/l4 with spinal cord effacement and bilateral facet joint hypertrophy.

What is the prognosis for lumbar stenosis with bulging discs at l4/l5 and l3/l4 with spinal cord effacement and bilateral facet joint hypertrophy.

Mixed: Facet hypertrophy is a common change as people age; the amount of joint enlargement is more important than the fact that it is present. Stenosis is an issue if it is symptomatic. Weight control and exercise can help. Surgery can help in cases that don't respond to other treatment. The spinal cord usually ends at l1-2, so if it truly goes down to l5, there are other issues that need to be addressed. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
4

4
Lumbar stenosis surgery safety?

Very safe: Most of these surgeries are done on an out patient basis w/ the patient returning to work w/in few days. These surgeries are done on a minimally invasive fashion w/ typically excellent results. ...Read more

See 3 more doctor answers
5

5
Should heat or ice be used for lumbar stenosis pain?

Should heat or ice be used for lumbar stenosis pain?

Stenosis: Is a problem with crowding. Heat expands tissues, cold contracts. Cold in theory would work except your skin won't let the cold penetrate deep into your spine where the problem is. ...Read more

6

6
Please can constipation cause lumbar stenosis?

Please can constipation cause lumbar stenosis?

Not at all.: Narrowing of lumbar spine/ stenosis is usually from degeneration or arthritis of the spine related to aging. Ask your dr for the cause of your constipation. U may need a colonoscopy if it persists. Best wishes! http://www.Medicinenet.Com/script/main/mobileart.Asp?Articlekey=84876 http://www.Ehow.Com/how_4621539_treat-constipation-natural-remedies.Html. ...Read more

See 3 more doctor answers
7

7
Is lumbar and spinal stenosis considered very serious?

Is lumbar and spinal stenosis considered very serious?

Common problem: Lumbar spinal stenosis is a common problem especially for those older than 50. It can be managed conservatively in many patients for years. If surgery becomes necessary, it can be planned on an elective basis. Check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
8

8
Recently found out I have severe stenosis (lumbar) and possibly MS is there a point to having surgery or would it be a recurring issue?

Unclear: Spinal stenosis if severe, is unlikely to respond well to conservative therapy, and some of the newer surgical techniques may be highly successful. BUT, not clear to me why MS has been considered associated with all you other problems. Maybe get neurological consult. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
9

9
Lumbar straightening and bi lateral stenosis of t5 is there anything i can for pain i've been stretching my back as directed but it doesn't help?

Possibly: A t5 stenosis seems unusual for your age. Was there an accident or congenetal problem? After self treatment is physical therapy or possibly an epidural injection. If all else fails it is time to visit a neurosurgeon. First look into why you even have this condition. ...Read more

10

10
Whats lumbar spine stenosis?

Decreased space: The spinal cord passes through a "tunnel" in the bone. With arthritis, disc bulging, and overgrowth of surrounding ligaments, the spine cord can be compressed. The compressions is called stenosis. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
12

12
Can lumbar spinal stenosis be cured?

Yes: If a proper work up has been done and all conservative measures have failed in a symptomatic patient, then surgery can provide definative treatment. Check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
13

13
How will lumbar spinal stenosis affect my life?

Potentially: Spinal stenosis can definitely affect someone's life by causing pain and limiting a persons ability to stand and walk. Consider being seen, there are many good treatment options available. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
14

14
How serious is it to have lumbar spinal stenosis?

How serious is it to have lumbar spinal stenosis?

Can be serious: Stenosis is an objective finding on imaging studies, like an mri. However the symptoms of lumbar stenosis determine how severe it is. It can be as mild as occasional pain or numbness radiating down the legs, to severe weakness, pain and numbness that worsens with walking. Depending on how severe the pain and disability is, determines the treatment. ...Read more

See 3 more doctor answers
15

15
How is lumbar spinal stenosis typically diagnosed?

How is lumbar spinal stenosis typically diagnosed?

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. ...Read more

See 3 more doctor answers
17

17
Can I be a marine if I have lumbar spinal stenosis?

Duty Restrictions: Many people have lumbar stenosis. In some cases, it's congenital or acquired. Patients usually don't see a doctor until they become symptomatic. Duty restrictions directly related to severity, pain and functional limitations. Applicants to the military are examined, but x-rays and MRI of the spine aren't routinely performed. Pre-existing conditions may disqualify applicants from the military. ...Read more

18

18
Is there any thing to relieve lumbar spinal stenosis?

Yes: In 15%, it can just get better on its own. Sometimes non op care like medication, exercise, a zero degree lordosis back support or epidural injections can give relief. When indicated surgery can be done via a variety of ways depending on the region and levels involved and if there are any other associated spine problems or underlying medical issues. ...Read more

See 3 more doctor answers
19

19
Is there any kind of relief for lumbar spinal stenosis?

Is there any kind of relief for lumbar spinal stenosis?

Yes: 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. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
Dr. Steven Griggs
1 doctor shared a insight

Stenosis (Definition)

Constriction or narrowing of something - duct, artery, passage way such as the outlet of the stomach into the small ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
1 doctor shared a insight

Lumbar (Definition)

Refers to something related to the area about the lower part of the ...Read more