Spinal stenosis occurs when the space around the spinal cord narrows. This puts pressure on the spinal cord and the spinal nerve roots, and may cause pain, numbness, or weakness in the legs.
Some people are born with a small spinal canal. This is called "congenital stenosis". However, spinal narrowing is most often due to age-related changes that take place over time. This is called "acquired spinal stenosis." This generally occurs in females over 50 years of age suffering from arthritis.
In the spine, arthritis can result as the disk degenerates and loses water content. In children and young adults, disks have high water content. As we get older, our disks begin to dry out and weaken. This problem causes settling, or collapse, of the disk spaces and loss of disk space height.
The incidence of LSS in the United States has been estimated at 8 percent to 11 percent of the population. As the “baby boomers” age, an estimated 2.4 million Americans will be affected by LSS by 2021.
Common Symptoms of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis include:
- Back pain.
- Burning pain in buttocks or legs (sciatica).
- Numbness or tingling in buttocks or legs.
- Weakness in the legs or "foot drop." (feeling that the foot slaps on the ground while walking)
- Less pain with leaning forward or sitting.
The pain specialists at The Franklin Pain and Wellness Center treat Lumbar Spinal Stenosis with a revolutionary, minimally invasive procedure called MILD (minimally invasive lumbar decompression). For details contact The Franklin Pain and Wellness Center at 508-507-8818.