What is Degenerative Lumbar Spinal Stenosis? Lumbar refers to the lower section of your back, spinal refers to your spinal cord which consists of vertebrae running down your back, and stenosis simply means narrowing. When these vertebrae start pressing on the nerves in our spinal cord, this narrowing begins.
Spinal stenosis is most commonly caused by osteoarthritis due to the changes it causes to the spine. Symptoms of spinal stenosis include: pain or numbness in the legs, trouble controlling bladder and bowel function, a burning sensation down the legs, loss of sensation to the feet or lower extremities, loss of sexual drive, or difficulty walking for long periods of time and distance.
Spinal stenosis can be diagnosed through a variety of tests such as x-rays, CT or MRI scans, bone scans, EMG or myelograms. During your consultation, we will discuss your symptoms and perform a thorough physical evaluation. Our team is highly trained to help you through this diagnosis every step of the way!
If diagnosed, we will develop a customized treatment plan for you to make sure your pain and symptoms are well-managed. Treatment plans may include: medications, physical therapy, surgery, and chiropractic adjustments. We will also provide you with tips on how to improve your overall diet and exercise routines, as maintaining a healthy weight can improve symptoms and your overall well-being.