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Lumbar Stenosis

Dallas Lower Back Pain Treatments

Lumbar stenosis occurs when there is narrowing in the lumbar spine that causes pressure on the nerves. This can result in burning/shooting pains in the legs, numbness, weakness, and difficulty walking. In very severe cases, there can be loss of bladder control.

If you are experiencing lower back and leg pain, there could be many possible causes. At the Methodist Moody Brain and Spine Institute, our team of spine specialists can examine your condition and determine if lumbar stenosis is causing your symptoms.

Identifying Lumbar Stenosis

Leg pain when walking or running is a common symptom of lumbar stenosis. Tingling, weakness, or numbness in the legs is another common symptom. You should consult with a medical professional if you have had pain in the legs when walking for more than a week. The key to management of lumbar stenosis is early diagnosis and management.

One of the following imaging tests is usually needed to diagnose lumbar stenosis:

  • CT Scan
  • MRI
  • X-ray
  • Myelogram

Managing the Pain

You should always explore nonsurgical treatments for lumbar pain before considering surgery. Pain medications, epidural injections, and physical therapy are nonsurgical treatments that can help you keep the pain in check.

If nonsurgical treatments do not provide relief or if you are having weakness or loss of bladder control, then it’s time to consider surgery. Most cases of lumbar stenosis can be treated via minimally invasive operations that will have you on the road to recovery very quickly.

If you are suffering from chronic back pain, call the Methodist Moody Brain and Spine Institute today at (214) 948-2076.