Stenosis is the narrowing of your spinal canal, a condition that puts pressure on your spinal cord. If it occurs in your lower back, you feel lower back pain and stiffness. It affects your quality of life because you’re constantly in pain. Visit an experienced and highly-trained spine specialist like Dr. Amr Hosny and the team at the Spine & Rehab Group in NYC and northern NJ. They can determine what’s going on and give you options to get out of pain. Call today for an appointment.
Lumbar stenosis is a condition that puts pressure on your spinal cord, causing lower back pain and leg pain. Since this condition progresses slowly, you may not even realize you have the disease. It’s more prevalent in older Americans because the aging process gradually causes wear and tear within the lumbar spinal tissues and bones, where you carry most of your weight. As a result, this slow decline can lead to several degenerative conditions, such as:
Because the condition is degenerative, getting your spine checked by a spine specialist at the first twinge of pain can catch the condition early. In New York City and the surrounding New Jersey counties, Dr. Amr Hosny and the team of specialists at the Spine & Rehab Group have years of experience with spinal problems. During your consultation, your spine doctor determines the cause of your pain and decides if you need lumbar stenosis treatment or lumbar stenosis surgery.
By the time you reach the age of 50, you have a nearly 95 percent chance of showing some signs of spinal degeneration. Men over 60 are slightly more at risk than women of getting lumbar stenosis. A few people are even born with back problems that eventually turn into lumbar stenosis. You may notice the first symptoms of the disease as young as 30 to 50.
Since stenosis narrows your spinal canal, putting more pressure on your spinal cord, it can cause additional back problems like sciatica. There are many reasons for having lumbar stenosis, which is why you need a spine specialist like Dr. Hosny to make an accurate diagnosis. The main causes for lumbar stenosis include:
Your treatment depends on how mild your back pain is. For mild to medium symptoms, your doctor may direct you to take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain medication to reduce the swelling. Your spine specialist may recommend a few other pain management techniques, such as:
Maintaining a healthy weight and learning the correct posture for walking, standing and sitting help prevent painful back conditions. The non-invasive treatments that your doctor recommends depends on your specific diagnosis. If you have severe back pain or a more serious case of stenosis, your spine specialist recognizes that different treatments are needed.
There’s no such thing as the best treatment for lumbar stenosis, since one treatment doesn’t work for everyone. If non-invasive treatments don’t deliver the level of pain reduction you’re hoping for, your spine specialist may suggest minimally invasive lumbar stenosis treatments, such as:
All of these treatments are performed as outpatient procedures. They’re done in your doctor’s office, and you’re sent home to recover after a short observation period. These treatments aren’t permanent, but the pain-relieving effects can last weeks or months.
Unfortunately, lumbar stenosis has no permanent cure. Your spine specialist offers you the best treatment for lumbar stenosis available. Sometimes, the best treatment involves a surgery to relieve your increasing symptoms. The reasons Dr. Hosny may suggest surgery include:
With easy-to-find locations in Morris County, Union County and Bergen County, NJ, a Spine & Rehab Group office is near you. If you’re in NYC, you can contact the practice in Greenwich Village, Midtown Manhattan or the Financial District. Book an appointment to get rid of your lower back pain.