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Lumbar Stenosis Treatment in Illinois

Our Spine Specialists Can Help You

Stenosis denotes the narrowing of the spinal canal, commonly affecting the lower back. Several root causes contribute to lumbar stenosis, leading to a set of symptoms known as neurogenic claudication. Pain, tingling and weakness are frequently present, though the underlying cause of stenosis may influence the way the condition manifests symptoms in the lower back and legs. Sufferers typically experience discomfort while walking or standing for extended periods of time, often finding relief by sitting down.

What Is Lumbar Stenosis?

The vertebral column serves as a protective channel for the spinal cord, at the same time supporting the weight of the upper body and facilitating flexible movement. The largest of the back’s vertebrae, found in the lumbar spine, absorb substantial force. Through the course of everyday activities, sports demands, and aging, the spinal column undergoes natural degeneration. As the bones of the spine and intervertebral discs change, the spinal column becomes vulnerable to lumbar stenosis and symptoms of neurogenic claudication.

Causes of Lumbar Stenosis

Age is the greatest risk factor for developing lumbar stenosis and symptoms of neurogenic claudication.

The lumbar spine is protected by spongy, hydrated discs containing gel-like material. Positioned between vertebrae, the flexible cushions absorb force and shock, enabling fluid movement. Over time, subject to wear and tear, these pads dry out and deteriorate, losing mass and resilience. As discs bulge and sometimes burst, the material can impinge nerves, causing symptoms in the lumbar spine.

Osteophytes, or bone spurs, extending from lower back vertebrae may also contribute to stenosis, aggravating nerve roots emanating from the lumbar region. As they expand, the boney growths take up space in the spinal canal, causing stenosis and related symptoms of neurogenic claudication.

Although its onset may be accelerated by a history of traumatic injury to the region, lumbar stenosis typically shows up beyond age 50.

Symptoms of Lumbar Stenosis

Lumbar stenosis is responsible for various symptoms in the lower back, legs, and buttocks, including the following signs of the disorder. Symptoms may be more pronounced on one side of the body.

Symptoms can include:

  • Cramping
  • Weakness
  • Discomfort standing for long periods of time
  • Activity-related symptoms, such as walking, etc.
  • Tingling in the lower back
  • Intermittent back pain
  • Reduced sensation in affected area
  • Leg pain/sciatica
  • Numbness radiating from lower back to upper legs

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