Understanding Lumbar Spinal Stenosis and Neurogenic Claudication
Lumbar spinal stenosis is a common condition, particularly in older adults, where the spinal canal in the lower back narrows, often leading to nerve compression. This can result in a symptom known as neurogenic claudication. This discomfort typically manifests as pain, numbness, or weakness in the legs, especially when walking or standing for long periods.
The causes of lumbar spinal stenosis are varied, but it’s often due to natural degenerative changes in the spine as we age. Other factors like herniated discs, bone spurs, or spinal injuries can also contribute to this condition.
Symptoms and Diagnosis
Symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis can range from mild discomfort to severe pain and mobility issues. Neurogenic claudication, a hallmark of this condition, can significantly impact your ability to walk or remain in an upright position for extended periods. If you experience these symptoms, it’s crucial to consult a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis.
Fortunately, there are several effective treatments for lumbar spinal stenosis and neurogenic claudication:
Epidural Steroid Injections: These injections deliver steroids directly into the epidural space in your spine, reducing inflammation and relieving pain.
Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression (MILD): This is a low-risk, outpatient procedure that involves removing small pieces of bone and excess ligament tissue to restore space in the spinal canal, thereby alleviating nerve compression.
Physical Therapy: A tailored physical therapy program can strengthen the muscles around your spine, improve flexibility, and reduce the symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis.
Surgery: When less invasive approaches don’t work we can help coordinate your care to a surgical spine specialist with expertise about your condition.
We’re Here to Support You
At our clinic, we understand how lumbar spinal stenosis and neurogenic claudication can affect your life. Our team of experts is committed to providing you with a comprehensive treatment plan that suits your specific needs. We leverage advanced diagnostic tools to ensure an accurate diagnosis, followed by a personalized treatment approach, including the latest procedures like epidural steroid injections and MILD.
If you’re experiencing neck pain and need help understanding your symptoms and treatment options, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Contact us at 503-654-5636 or 541-205-0173 to schedule an appointment with one of our pain specialists. We’re committed to helping you find relief and improve your quality of life.