Lumbar stenosis is less serious. Leg pain (sciatica) and difficulty walking are hallmark symptoms of lumbar stenosis. Stenosis is caused by vertebrae in the lower back compressing the spinal nerve roots due to degeneration from aging. In order to diagnose the condition, a doctor will conduct an MRI or CT scan using injected dye. Once the diagnosis is confirmed, the doctor will have various treatments to recommend. While corrective surgery is an option, it is usually performed only on severe cases. More than likely you will be instructed to undergo a specific exercise program, do fewer activities, or have a physician inject cortisone, a pain medication into an area next to your spine.
Always consult with a doctor or physician before administering any form of self-treatment. Stenosis is a serious condition that requires professional diagnosis and care.