Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
What are the Symptoms of LSS?
LSS is most common in people over 50 and may continue to progress with age. Not all patients with a narrowed spinal canal experience pain. However, the compression of the lumbar nerves can eventually lead to weakness, tingling, and numbness in the lower back and buttocks, a sensation also known as sciatica.
Lumbar spinal stenosis can also cause a stooped posture because it’s more comfortable to walk when leaning forward slightly, such as with a walker or shopping cart. While it typically occurs in older patients, people suffering from developmental conditions may develop LSS at a younger age.
Oral medications may be used to help reduce inflammation and pain in the lower body. Mild anti-inflammatory pain medications (NSAIDs) and rest may relieve the pain associated with spinal stenosis. Physical therapy, exercise or are other conservative treatment options.
If symptoms worsen, your doctor may suggest a surgical procedure like a laminectomy or spinal fusion.
A popular outpatient option, the Vertiflex Superion indirect decompression system, offers patients a less-invasive surgical alternative. The Superion implant acts as a spacer, holding the compressed vertebrae further apart. The restored space relieves the pressure placed on nerves, thus reducing inflammation.