This condition bothers you usually after the age of 50. There is a long history of low back pain along with leg pain. Initially it starts with back pain that comes on and settles within a few days. Gradually you develop leg pain and this progresses to become a problem that is present most of the time. This is due to the gradual narrowing of the spinal canal that traps the spinal nerves that supply is your lower back and legs. The distance that you can walk without pain gets shorter and shorter.

Most Likely causes of Spinal Stenosis

Spinal Stenosis is a progressive condition and your symptoms can get worse with time. With early attention and treatment, you can be pain free.
Your life will be back as it used to be.

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Mangattil Rajesh, Consultant Spine Surgeon in London

Mr Mangattil Rajesh

Consultant Spine Surgeon
Royal London Hospital

I am a Consultant Spine Surgeon at Royal London Hospital, London. My experience is from the extensive training in Spine Surgery from surgical rotations in London and from further Spinal Fellowships at Manchester, North Tees and at Royal London Hospital in the UK and advanced training in France and USA.

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Rest - Medications - Physiotherapy - Caudal Epidural Injections - Surgery
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. When should I see a spine surgeon regarding my Spinal Stenosis?

There are only a few situations it helps to seek early attention:

  • Worsening pain
  • Numbness or tingling in both arms
  • Weakness in your arms
  • New bladder bowel problems
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fever
  • Loss of balance/difficulty in walking.

2. What are the non-surgical options for Spinal Stenosis?

Non-surgical options include:

  1. Bed Rest: This helps in the first 24-48 hours of pain
  2. Physiotherapy: Helps stretch your ligaments and muscles and release the trapped nerves in your spine
  3. Medications: Aids in the physiotherapy stretches for your back and leg pain
  4. Spine Injections: This is a steriod injection. It provides excellent pain relief and improves your mobility immediately.

3. What treatment can I try myself for Stenosis?

Most of your Back and Leg pain will improve within a few weeks, however you can try these three steps:

  1. Keep Active: People who keep active recover more quickly
  2. Pain Killers: Try over the counter Paracetamol and Brufen.
  3. Exercises and Stretches: Walking, swimming, yoga will help relieve your Back and Leg pain.

4. How can physiotherapy help managing Spinal Stenosis?

A physiotherapist can advise you on the right type of exercise. These include:

  1. Aerobic Exercises: Increases your heart rate, decreases muscle stiffness, and makes you more mobile.
  2. Stretching Exercises: Reduces tension and improves flexibility in the muscles supporting your back.
  3. Strengthening Exercises: Strengthens muscles of your back and leg.

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