Lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) is a condition in which the lower spinal canal narrows and compresses the spinal nerves in the lower back. Often caused by an enlarged ligament, this compression is best visualized as a “kink in a drinking straw” and can contribute to pain and mobility issues. LSS is generally found in people over the age of 50 and the likelihood of developing LSS increases with age.
PAIN, NUMBNESS, tingling, or heaviness in the low back, legs, or buttocks when standing/walking.
TEMPORARY RELIEF when bending forward while sitting or standing as pressure on the spinal cord is released and space in the spinal canal is “opened.” Common actions include finding a chair, leaning over a shopping cart, using a walker or cane.