Treatment for Lower Back Pain
Lower back pain is a complaint voiced by eight out of every ten Americans at some point in their lives. Although there are numerous causes for low back pain, lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) is one of the most common. Lumbar spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal at the level of the lumbar vertebrae (lower back). A narrow spinal canal can place pressure on the spinal cord and nerves, thereby causing inflammation, irritation, and pain. LSS can cause lower back pain, pain or abnormal sensations in the legs, buttock, and / or feet, and loss of bladder and bowel control.
Symptoms of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Pain is the body’s method for communicating that there is a problem to be addressed. Being aware of the pain, signs, and symptoms you experience can help you understand when it may be appropriate to visit a doctor. When it comes to lumbar spinal stenosis, the most common symptoms are pain in the lower back and legs which often arise with movement and during walking. Symptoms can fluctuate between periods of severe pain and periods where no pain may be present. Symptoms may also vary from person to person.
Generally, however, the following signs and symptoms are common in patients suffering from lumbar spinal stenosis:
- Pain and weakness of the legs
- Feelings of pain that radiate down the lower back and legs
- Sensations of tingling, numbness and pins and needles in the lower back and legs
- Bladder symptoms
- Pain when walking
Signs and symptoms vary depending on a number of factors. They may also increase gradually over time. If these symptoms are causing you severe or chronic pain and if they negatively impact your daily life, then seeking medical treatment from our Los Angeles pain management doctor can help you begin learning about the underlying cause of your pain and the treatment options you have available.
Causes of Lumber Spinal Stenosis
While lumbar spinal stenosis can be caused by various conditions, including congenital conditions, it is most often the result of the spinal degeneration that occurs naturally as people age. Aging and the natural effects of wear and tear can cause facet joints, small stabilizing joints in the vertebrae, to degenerate and compress nerves in the spine, which produces considerable pain. Narrowing of the spinal canal and nerve compression may also be caused by bone spurs, herniated discs, thickened ligaments, tumors, and spinal injuries.
Treatment for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Given the amazing innovations of medical science and technology, lumbar spinal stenosis can be treated safely and effectively using an assortment of non-invasive conservative approaches and minimally invasive treatment. Each approach focuses on reducing pain and improving physical function.
Conservative Care – Physical therapy, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and prescription medications are conservative treatment options that have proven effective in treating certain cases of lumbar spinal stenosis.
Minimally Invasive Treatment – Our award winning physical medicine, rehabilitation, and pain medicine specialist, Dr. Payam Vahedifar, utilizes advanced, cutting-edge techniques, procedures, and equipment to treat LSS patients using a variety of minimally invasive treatments. Injections, such as those used in epidurals and platelet-rich plasma injections, can be used to provide pain relief by reducing inflammation and irritation of the compressed nerve. Another method such as a hydrodisectomy, can directly address the cause of the nerve compression by relieving pressure and pain. Dr. Vahedifar can inform you about all available options to treat your lumbar spinal stenosis.
Comprehensive Care in a Compassionate Atmosphere
Dr. Vahedifar is a recipient of the Vitals.com Compassionate Doctor Recognition and the Patients’ Choice Award from 2008 – 2012 for his focus on providing each patient we treat with the utmost respect, integrity, and professionalism. Prompt and attentive he has set the tone for the compassionate atmosphere we provide our patients. If you would like to learn more about the ways in which we can treat your lumbar spinal stenosis, contact a Los Angeles back pain relief specialist from Nuvo Spine today. Our Nuvo Spine clinics are located in Los Angeles and Encino.