Lumbar spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back. This occurs when bone and other tissues grow inside the openings in the spinal bones. This can squeeze the nerves that branch out from the spinal cord. The squeezing can cause pain, numbness, or weakness. It happens most often in the legs, feet, or buttocks.
You may choose to have surgery to ease your symptoms. Or you may try other treatments instead. These include medicines, exercise, and physiotherapy.
Thinking about the facts and your feelings can help you make a decision that is right for you. Be sure you understand the benefits and risks of your options, and think about what else you need to do before you make the decision.
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Current as of:
May 23, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kenneth J. Koval, MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Trauma
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