Lumbar Spinal Stenosis disease (LSS) is a narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back. Individuals who have LSS experience intense back pain and occasional weakness or numbness in their back and legs, and are often unable to walk for long periods of time.
LSS is developed after a long period of wear and tear as well as bone degeneration which is a natural occurrence with aging. Over time the spinal canal is narrowed which pinches the nerves in the lumbar spine significantly reducing the nerves’ ability to exit to the lower extremities. Below is a video explaining the Lumbar Spinal Stenosis disease.
When presented with a dianogsis of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis there are a variety of treatment options.
Some of the treatment options include:
- Decompression with Spinal Fusion
For decades, LSS patients’ surgical options were limited to either decompression or decompression with spinal fusion. In 2012, the FDA approved the coflex® spinal implant, which is a small, U-shaped titanium device that provides spinal stability without the mobility loss associated with spinal fusion.