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Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

What is Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?

It is a common cause of low back pain and leg pain. It occurs when there’s narrowing of the open spaces in the spine of the lower back, which results in nerve compression.

Can physiotherapy help people with lumbar spinal stenosis?

Yes. Physiotherapy is an effective treatment for the management of lumbar spinal stenosis and can help you avoid surgery.

What are the causes of lumbar spinal stenosis?

  • Degenerative arthritis

  • Degenerative disc disease

  • Tumour of the local structures in the lower back

  • Infection

  • Various metabolic bone disorders that cause bone growth like Paget’s disease

  • Osteoporosis can lead to compression fracture of the lumbar vertebrae that results in lumbar spinal stenosis

How do I know if I have lumbar spinal stenosis?

You will experience the following symptoms:

  • Increased pain in the leg with walking

  • Comfortable at rest but cannot walk far without developing leg pain

  • You get pain relief when you sit down or lean forward

  • Tingling, weakness and numbness that radiates from the lower back to the buttocks and leg

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