Spine Archive: Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

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Is Surgery Required to treat Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?

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Patients with lumbar spinal stenosis can often times be treated for lumbar spinal stenosis with medications and physical therapy. However, for patients who don’t improve with these methods and for more severe cases – surgery can be a solution. Luckily, there are a plethora of surgical procedures available to treat the condition including, but not limited to, laminectomies and spinal fusions.

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What is Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?

Lumbar spinal stenosis refers to a narrowing of the spine. To learn more about this and other spinal complications, search the Knowledge Center of Dr. Leone.

Low back pain can be a result of something called lumbar spinal stenosis. this condition involves the narrowing of the spinal canal or one or more of the vertebra in the spine. When this narrowing occurs, the spinal cord and nerves become compressed causing (sometimes) severe pain in the lower back and legs. Sometimes numbness can also develop.

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Hypochondroplasia, Erie County

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Hypochondroplasia is an autosomal dominant disorder with clinical features and radiographic findings similar to those associated with achondroplasia, but to a milder degree. The diagnosis is rarely apparent before age 2 years and typically results from investigation of short stature. Musculoskeletal problems that present for management in hypochondroplasia include lumbar spinal stenosis, genu varum, and short stature.¹

¹R. Vaccaro MD, Alexander. Orthopaedic Knowledge Update. Rosemont: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2005.

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Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Lumbar spinal stenosis is the reduction in the dimensions of the central or lateral lumbar spinal canal that occurs most frequently as a result of chronic degenerative changes at the lumbar motion segment. Patients with lumbar spinal stenosis have back pain associated with neurogenic claudication and/or radicular pain.¹

¹R. Vaccaro MD, Alexander. Orthopaedic Knowledge Update. Rosemont: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2005.