Lumbar Spinal Stenosis is a medical condition in which the spinal canal narrows so much that it compresses the spinal cord at the point of lumbar vertebrae. This is usually a result of spinal degeneration that is often associated with aging. This may also be caused by spinal disc herniation, a tumour or osteoporosis. This can also be a congenital condition. The symptoms start with low back pain that tends to move up to the neck. A few months or years later, there can be claudication.
HOW IS LUMBAR SPINAL STENOSIS DIAGNOSED?
To diagnose spinal stenosis, the doctor will ask about medical history and conduct a physical exam. The doctor may also order one or more tests, such as:
• X rays
• Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) - a test that uses radio waves to look at the spine
• Computerized axial tomography (CAT) - a series of x rays that give the doctor a detailed image of the spine
• Myelogram - a test in which the doctor injects liquid dye into the spinal column
• Bone scan - a test in which one is given a shot of radioactive substance that shows where bone is breaking down or being formed.
HOW IS LUMBAR SPINAL STENOSIS TREATED?
Treatment for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis includes modification of lifestyle and avoiding excessive stress. Additionally, physiotherapy is suggested along with exercises to strengthen the spine. Epidural injections could be given for spine relief. Surgery could be essential in rare cases.
DID YOU KNOW?
The earlier the treatment commences here, the faster you are able to control the problem of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis.