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Spinal Stenosis

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The lower back is a common place to experience pain and discomfort.  The lumbar spine is located in your lower back.  The bones align to form the spine.  Aging, arthritis, and degenerative conditions can cause the bones to change shape and narrow the areas where the spinal cord and nerves travel through, causing spinal stenosis.

Spinal stenosis is a condition that can cause lower back, buttock, and leg pain.  The majority of people with spinal stenosis find symptom relief and improved function with pain management, including medications, therapy, and back bracing for support.  Epidural steroid injections place pain relieving and anti-inflammatory medication directly at the source of the pain.

Pain management is helpful for many people.  However, pain management treatments cannot correct the structural changes and narrowing in the spine.  For a small percentage of people with spinal stenosis, surgery may be necessary.

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