About Spinal Stenosis
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
A common cause of lower back and leg pain is lumbar spinal stenosis. As we age, our spines change. The normal effects of aging can lead to narrowing of the spinal canal. This condition is called spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis occurs when the bones that make up the spine tighten around the spinal cord, reducing the cushioning space between them and putting too much pressure on the spinal cord. In addition to aging, it can be caused by back problems since birth and arthritis.
Symptoms of spinal stenosis may include pain as well as numbness or weakness in the legs. Treatment for spinal stenosis generally depends on the severity of pain. If nonsurgical treatments, including anti-inflammatory or pain medications, steroid injections, or physical therapy, do not relieve the pain, surgery may be an option.
A lumbar laminectomy reduces the pressure on the spinal nerves and the irritation and inflammation of the spinal nerves. To perform a lumbar spine laminectomy, an incision is made down the center of the lower back and the muscles are…Read More »
Posterior Lumbar Fusion
Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure used to correct problems with the small bones in vertebrae. The basic idea is to fuse together the painful vertebrae so that they heal into a single, solid bone. In a posterior approach to…Read More »