How Does Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Progress?
As patients age, the discs of the spine begin to lose water content and dry out. This creates a reduction in the size of the tunnels that nerves exit. Lack of disc space also leads to an increased load onto the facet joints. The protective cartilage of the joint wears away resulting in bone rubbing on bone. As a result, the body may compensate by growing new bone on the area creating bone spurs.
The progression of the lumbar spinal stenosis varies among patients. An accurate diagnosis is necessary to determine an optimal treatment plan.