Lumbar spinal stenosis is a condition involving any type of narrowing of the spinal canal or nerve-root canals. The narrowing of the spinal canal results in compression of, or pressure upon, the spinal nerves and nerve roots, causing a number of spinal stenosis pain symptoms, including lower back pain, feelings of cramping or weakness in the back and lower extremity pain.
The most common form of spinal stenosis is from degeneration of the spine leading to stenosis. Degenerative stenosis effects virtually the entire adult population as a result of the natural process of aging but this form of spinal stenosis does not always result in painful symptoms.
People over the age of 50 are more at risk of developing spinal stenosis. If spinal stenosis develops in a younger person, the cause is usually from a genetic disease which is affecting the muscle and bone development throughout their body.
Spinal stenosis is difficult to diagnose due to the signs and pain symptoms being similar to many age-related conditions. Imaging tests like x-rays, MRIs and CT myelograms may be necessary for doctors to pinpoint the cause.
There are a number of spinal stenosis treatment options that help with pain management from spinal stenosis, which include:
At MAPS, our spinal stenosis pain management doctors and specialists value the importance of an interdisciplinary approach. For those spinal stenosis pain management treatments not offered by MAPS, we are able to refer you to other spinal stenosis pain management doctors and specialists.