Lumbar spinal stenosis, or the narrowing of the spinal canal in your lower back, can cause back pain and keep you from enjoying activities and daily life. If you are experiencing pain from this spinal condition, Dignity Health Central California doctors offer personalized care.
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Easing Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Symptoms at Dignity Health Central California
Bony vertebrae separated by spinal discs make up your spine. Your spinal cord passes through the bone by way of a canal at the back of each vertebra. Pain occurs when the canal narrows and puts pressure on your spinal cord and nerves.
The most common lumbar spinal stenosis causes are degenerative disc disease or arthritis. Spinal arthritis happens when the cartilage that lines and protects your joints breaks down. With degenerative disc disease, the spinal discs that cushion your vertebrae start to shrink and dry out.
Usually, you will not experience any symptoms with spinal stenosis. Any discomfort usually involves Ieg weakness, back pain, and tingling, numbness, and pain in your buttocks and legs.
At Dignity Health Central California, our orthopedic team will help reduce your pain from lumbar spinal stenosis with a personalized treatment plan based on the cause of your condition.
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Treatment & Care
Your doctor will go over your medical history and any symptoms you are experience in order to determine the best lumbar spinal stenosis treatment for the healing of your mind, body, and spirit.
Sitting and leaning forward as this position increases the space in your spinal canal and can help provide relief from spinal stenosis pain. Initial medical treatment can include anti-inflammatory medicines, physical therapy, and corticosteroid injections. Orthopedic surgery is not usually suggested unless your symptoms are interfering with your daily activities and quality of life.
You can help prevent spinal stenosis by:
- Eating healthy food for your bones
- Strengthening your back and stomach muscles
- Using proper body movements
- Maintaining good posture
A Dignity Health Central California orthopedic doctor will help you with lifestyle suggestions to prevent lumbar spinal stenosis. Contact us to learn more.
Dignity Health Central California’s award-winning orthopedic doctors offer quality care for lumbar spinal stenosis in Bakersfield, Merced, San Andreas, and Stockton, CA.