Treating Spine Pain

Your spine not only supports your back and body, it also protects your spinal cord, the bundle of nerves that runs from your brain to your lower body. A bony channel that is called the spinal canal encloses your spinal cord.

As we age, ligaments and bones outside the spinal canal may thicken and begin to press on the spinal canal, causing it to narrow. That narrowing is called spinal stenosis and can lead to pain, numbness and disability as the spinal cord is compressed or pinched. When this narrowing takes place in the lower spine, it's called lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS).

Treatment Options for LSS

Nonsurgical options for treating LSS include medication, rest and physical therapy. However, nonsurgical options do not correct the source of back pain but instead are used to give temporary relief.

Surgery is usually required to obtain a more permanent solution for patients who have LSS. Traditional surgery is an invasive procedure that requires a long incision in the patient's back, and may involve long hospital stays and lengthy recovery periods.