Lumbar spinal stenosis, or the narrowing of the spinal canal in your lower back, can affect your daily life, cause back pain, and keep you from enjoying activities.
If you are experiencing pain from this spinal condition, Dignity Health Central Coast doctors offer compassionate, personalized care. Find a Doctor today to discuss your treatment options for lumbar spinal stenosis on the Central Coast of California.
Diagnosing Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Causes
Your spine is an amazing structure made up of bony vertebrae stacked on top of each other and separated by spinal discs. A canal runs through the back of each vertebra, allowing your spinal cord to pass through the bone. Pain occurs when the canal narrows, putting pressure on your spinal cord and nerves.
At Dignity Health Central Coast, 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 often result from degenerative disc disease or arthritis, the most common causes of this condition. Spinal arthritis occurs 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.
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Symptoms
Usually, lumbar spinal stenosis doesn’t cause any symptoms. If you do have discomfort, you may feel back pain, leg weakness, and pain, tingling, and numbness in your buttocks and legs.
You may find relief from sitting and leaning forward as this position increases the space in your spinal canal. Your Dignity Health Central Coast doctor will discuss your medical history and any symptoms to determine the most effective lumbar spinal stenosis treatment for your healing and well-being.
Quality Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Treatment & Care at Dignity Health Central Coast
Your doctor will first recommend nonsurgical treatments, including physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medicines, and corticosteroid injections. Lumbar surgery is not usually suggested unless your symptoms impact your quality of life.
You can help prevent spinal stenosis by:
- Using proper body movements
- Maintaining good posture
- Eating healthy food for your bones
- Strengthening your back and stomach muscles
One of our experts can discuss lifestyle changes to help you prevent lumbar spinal stenosis. Schedule an appointment to keep your spine healthy and free of pain.
Dignity Health’s award-winning orthopedic doctors partner with you to determine the most effective care for lumbar spinal stenosis throughout the Central Coast.