Struggling to walk without a shooting leg pain?
The culprit could be lumbar spinal stenosis, which can be fixed with a minimally invasive procedure.
According to Bradley Wallace, M.D, a neurosurgeon with Lyerly Neurosurgery, spines end up being fairly simple – just a repeating unit of vertebral bone and disk. Running the length of our spine is a canal containing the spinal cord and thecal sac.
When that canal narrows or becomes compressed, and pushes on the thecal sac, people develop stenosis, Dr. Wallace said. That creates a very specific syndrome known as claudication.
“The key to claudication is a pain brought on by standing or walking that can be alleviated by sitting or bending forward,” he added.
Two types of treatment options are available: non-operative therapy and surgery. Therapy usually involves anti-inflammatory medication or steroids. However, most find the therapy only helps for so long before it becomes ineffective, Dr. Wallace said.
Minimally invasive decompression uses a small tube and microscope to decompress the affected area. The surgery involves little risk, and only a short post-op stay at Baptist Health. Dr. Wallace does ask patients to refrain from any yard work, sports or heavy lifting in the month after the procedure.
For more information call Lyerly Neurosurgery at 904.388.6518 or request an appointment online with Dr. Wallace.