Degenerative Lumbar Spinal Stenosis : A Background and Individual Case Study
Arney, Taylor Renee
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Lumbar Spinal Stenosis is a medical condition where the central vertebral canal is narrowing in one or more vertebrae. Although Lumbar Spinal Stenosis is common throughout the country, it is a condition prominently seen in the elderly population. Symptoms can range in severity but consist of general pain throughout the lower lumbosacral region of the spine, with numbness, weakness and/or cramping in the extremities. Diagnosis is determined through medical examinations and diagnostic imaging techniques. Treatment options vary from patient to patient and depend on severity and age, but they generally include exercise courses and/or physical therapy, prescription medications, epidural steroid injections, and surgery. Numerous surgery options are available, however, decompression and fusion surgeries are most common. In efforts to discuss Lumbar Spinal Stenosis further, a case study was conducted. It focused on a 58-year-old female with severe spinal stenosis. Her diagnosis, treatment options, and daily lifestyle are examined and presented from her doctor’s perspective in addition to her own.