Lumbar Stenosis Definition

Lumbar stenosis occurs when the spinal nerve roots in the lower back are compressed or "choked" as a result of degenerative changes that are common in aging. Symptoms of spinal stenosis of the lumbar spine (lower back) may include lower back pain, referred leg pain (sciatica), leg pain while walking (claudication) and other symptoms. Non-surgical treatments like exercise, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), activity modification and epidural injections are most commonly prescribed for lumbar stenosis. If symptoms do not improve over time, lumbar spine surgery may be more seriously considered as a treatment option for the lumbar spinal stenosis.