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Lumbar Stenosis Overview:
Lumbar stenosis is a condition where the spinal canal narrows, putting pressure on the spinal cord and nerves in the lumbar (lower) spine.
Causes of Lumbar Stenosis:
Degenerative changes, such as thickening of ligaments and bone spurs.
Disc material bulges and compresses the spinal canal.
Abnormalities present at birth that affect spinal canal size.
Tumors or Injuries:
Abnormal growths or trauma leading to spinal canal compression.
Signs and Symptoms:
Low Back Pain:
Often worsened with activity.
Leg Pain (Claudication):
Pain, cramping, or weakness in the legs during walking or standing.
Numbness and Tingling:
In the buttocks, thighs, or calves.
Impaired balance and coordination.
Diagnosis and Evaluation:
Assessment of symptoms, physical function, and neurological signs.
X-rays, MRI, or CT scans to visualize the degree of stenosis and assess spinal stability.
Physical therapy and exercises to improve core strength and flexibility.
Medications for pain management.
Lifestyle modifications, including ergonomic adjustments.
Epidural steroid injections for pain relief.
Facet joint injections to alleviate inflammation.
Physical therapy for targeted rehabilitation.
Reserved for severe cases or when conservative measures are ineffective.
Procedures may include laminectomy or spinal fusion.
NYPMD Specialists for Lumbar Stenosis:
Specialized evaluation by NYPMD neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons outside New York.
Expertise in managing lumbar stenosis through various treatment modalities.
Collaborative approach with physical therapists and other specialists for comprehensive patient care.
What You Can Expect at NYPMD for Lumbar Stenosis:
Thorough assessment to determine the degree of stenosis and associated symptoms.
Personalized treatment plans based on diagnostic findings and individual needs.
Conservative or interventional interventions for effective pain relief and management.
Comprehensive care and support for improved lumbar function and overall well-being.