What is Degenerative Lumbar Spinal Stenosis? Lumbar refers to the lower section of your back, spinal refers to your spinal cord which consists of vertebrae running down your back, and stenosis simply means narrowing. When these vertebrae start pressing on the nerves in our spinal cord, this narrowing begins.
Spinal stenosis is most commonly caused by osteoarthritis, due to the changes it causes to the spine. Spinal stenosis results in many symptoms including, pain or numbness in the legs, trouble controlling bladder and bowel function, a burning sensation down the legs, loss of sensation to the feet or lower extremities, loss of sexual drive, or difficulty walking for long periods of time and distance.
Spinal stenosis can be diagnosed through a variety of tests, some of which include X-rays, CT or MRI scans, bone scans, EMG or myelograms. During a consultation with us, we will ask you a series of questions as well as perform a thorough physical evaluation. Our team is highly trained to help you through this diagnosis every step of the way!
If diagnosed, we will develop a customized treatment plan for you, to make sure your pain and symptoms are well-managed. The lumbar stenosis protocol is based on the treatment plan used in research studies and includes manual therapy, adjustments and exercises specifically designed to manage lumbar stenosis. The goal is to increase function and the ability to walk and stand for longer periods with less pain.