Lumbar spinal stenosis is a condition where there is a narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back. When this condition occurs, it can compress spinal nerves. When the spinal nerves are pressed, lumbar spinal stenosis occurs which will result in leg pain and a host of other symptoms. This usually occurs when tissue or bone grows in the lumbar region of the spinal canal.
The most common cause of lumbar stenosis is the degenerative condition which affects the bone of the spine. Osteoarthritis and degenerative spondylolisthesis are the best examples of a degenerative condition. Bone spurs on the spinal canal can also cause spinal stenosis. Additionally, when people age, ligaments can get thicker, arthritis is developed which leads to the growth of bone spurs. This bone spurs will push on the nerves that came out from the spinal cord. Spinal discs between the bones may be pushed into the spinal canal.
The following are symptoms of lumbar stenosis:
- Leg pain – can range from mild, moderate to severe that can often time affect the ability of a person to perform normal daily tasks.
- Difficulty in sleeping is also experienced because of the pain
- Inability to move or walk around
- Numbness in the legs
- Burning, throbbing sensation in the legs
However not all individuals with spinal stenosis experiences any symptoms. Some may complain of mild discomfort in the lower back.
Treatment for lumbar stenosis will depend on its severity. Pain medication, exercise, and physical therapy can be used to treat the condition. The corticosteroid may be given to an affected individual to reduce inflammation.
If you think you are suffering from Lumbar Stenosis you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Lumbar Stenosis as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).