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Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (LSS)

What causes LSS, what are the symptoms?

  • Caused by aging process from wear and tear on the lower spine
  • It is a progressive narrowing of space in the lower back spine from thickening of ligaments, excess bone formation, or degenerative disc diseases
  • Neurogenic claudication is the most common symptom of lumbar spinal stenosis and describes intermittent leg pain from impingement of the nerves originating from the spinal cord.

You might experience:

  • Numbness and tingling feeling in your buttock, groin, thigh, calf, or foot
  • Pain and/or cramping while walking
  • Weakness of legs with possible loss of balance
  • Dull ache from lower back traveling to legs
  • Relief when sitting or bending forward
  • Need to use cane, walker, or shopping cart to get around comfortably

Risk factors: Age, obesity, previous spinal deformities or problems.

Diagnostic Method

Physical examination, medical imaging (CT and X-Rays). Evaluation will be made to determine if this is not radicular pain. Additional diagnostic information may be needed to determine if your pain is radicular or caused by Neurogenic claudication.

If you have experienced and suffer from LSS, then let our practice with board-certified pain physicians be your premier center for lumbar spinal stenosis solutions.

It starts with making proper diagnosis. Your pain may be from LSS but it can also be similar to other types of spinal disorders. With accurate assessment of your source of pain, you will be directed to the most appropriate and successful treatment. You will have a thorough clinical evaluation by collecting of your medical history and performing physical examination. Studies may be done such as MRI, CT, flexion/extension x-rays, EMG, and/or bone density report.

We will then tailor the optimal solution for you ranging from simple blocks (facet joint blocks, lumbar epidural blocks) to minimally invasive procedures (MILD, lumbar spacer, SCS). In some cases, you may be referred to a spine or neurosurgeon if these procedures are not best suited for you. We believe in a team oriented and collaborative approach by providing you the most comprehensive solution for your LSS.

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis PDF Pamphlet

The following are minimally invasive procedures that we provide:

  • MILD (Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression) -> Remove excess ligament causing stenosis

Mild for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Before & After Spacer

  • SCS (Spinal Cord Stimulator) -> Medtronic, Nevro, Boston Scientific, Abbott
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