Lumbar Stenosis Causes (Reasons)
Some people may be born with a small congenital spinal canal. Or, some situations may cause the area of the duct to decrease.
These Situations Are:
- Bone enlargement, especially the facet joint and the ends of the spine can cause protrusions and narrow the channel.
- The normal disc structure, which loses its water and degenerates as a result of aging in herniated discs, begins to bulge outward over time. Sometimes the disc material that comes out due to pressure can press on the spinal cord or nerves.
- Thickened Ligaments; Ligaments, which are structures that hold bones together, can thicken and harden over time. This situation can squeeze our channel under pressure.
- Vehicle accidents, spinal injuries, or other trauma can narrow the spinal canal by causing a fracture or union of the spine. In such a case, surgery is urgently required and is one of the rare cases where pressure relief is required.
Waist Canal Narrowing Complaints
Unlike lumbar hernia, which can occur suddenly, lumbar stenosis is a slowly developing degenerative condition that takes many years to develop. Therefore, the onset of symptoms is quite insidious and cannot be detected until the stenosis is more advanced as it develops.
Generally, complaints begin after the age of 50 and are more common in women. The classic symptoms are lower back and leg pain that worsens with standing and walking and improves with sitting and/or lying down.
Patients will often notice that their symptoms are reduced by leaning over a shopping cart or leaning forward while standing. This bending allows the spinal canal to open further and relieve the stenosis.
Diagnosis of Lumbar Stenosis (Lumbar Stenosis)
If you have lower back and leg pain that increases with walking, if the complaints start after resting and walking again, and these complaints increase with each passing month, it is necessary to suspect this disease and have X-ray, MRI and, depending on the situation, Tomography.