Lumbar canal stenosis is a condition where the channel running through the lower part of the spine i e lumbar canal becomes excessively narrowed . Stenosis is due mainly to degenerative wear-and-tear, over many years, causing a thickening of the various bones, joints and ligaments that form the spinal canal
Combination of back pain and symptoms in the legs.
• The symptoms in the legs indicate that there is pressure on the spinal nerves as they pass through the point(s) of narrowing in the lumbar spine, resulting in either sciatica (sharp pains shooting down the back of one or both legs), or claudication (heavy, dull aching, with pins and needles in the feet and legs brought on by standing or walking).
• These symptoms usually start when you are standing or walking. Often, the symptoms get better if you sit, crouch or lie in the fetal position (on your side with your knees tucked up to your chest).
• It’s thought that these positions “open” the lumbar canal and take the pressure off the nerves that go to the legs.
• In severe cases, stenosis can cause partial or complete bowel or bladder incontinence.
• Pain relief
• Muscle strengthening
• Correction of posture
• Prescription of splint