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Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

  • What is Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?

    Spinal stenosis occurs when the space around the spinal cord narrows, putting pressure on the cord and nerve roots. It is caused by the slow narrowing of the spinal canal due to thickened yellow ligament (ligamentum flavum), enlarged facet joints, and bulging discs. This results in reduced space for the nerve and is usually caused by the normal ageing process.

  • Arthritis (degeneration of a joint) is the most common cause of spinal stenosis. Arthritis in the spine causes settling, or collapse, of the disc spaces and loss of disc space height.

    You may have lumbar spinal stenosis if you:

    • are a woman
    • are born with a narrow spinal canal
    • are older than 50 years
    • have had a past injury to the spine
  • Symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis include:

    • back pain
    • burning pain in the buttocks or legs (sciatica)
    • numbness or tingling in the buttocks or legs
    • reduced pain when leaning forward or sitting
    • weakness in the legs or ‘foot drop’
  • Treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis includes:

    • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications to reduce pain and swelling
    • Physiotherapy which involves stretching exercises, massage, and lumbar and abdominal strengthening
    • Steroid injections to reduce pain and swelling. They may also reduce numbness, but not weakness of the legs
    • Surgical treatment, generally reserved for people with difficulty walking, and includes,
      1. Laminectomy to decompress (remove pressure from) the nerve(s)
      2. Spinal fusion to stop movement between the vertebrae
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    • Antony Westwood Gardner

      Specialty:
      Orthopaedic Surgery

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      Clinic:
      Orthopaedic Associates
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #11-49/50/51
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6334 0622
    • Ang Chia Liang

      Specialty:
      Orthopaedic Surgery

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      Clinic:
      Island Orthopaedic Consultants Pte Ltd
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #05-42
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6352 0529
    • Ang Kian Chuan

      Specialty:
      Orthopaedic Surgery

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      Clinic:
      Orthosports Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #10-41
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6734 8168
    • Bell David Paul

      Specialty:
      Orthopaedic Surgery

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      Clinic:
      Orthosports Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #10-41
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6734 8168
    • Bose Kamal

      Specialty:
      Orthopaedic Surgery

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      Clinic:
      Bose Bone, Joint & Spine Clinic
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #14-12
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      67387155
    • Chan Beng Kuen

      Specialty:
      Orthopaedic Surgery

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      Clinic:
      Orthopaedics International
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #06-03
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      67376386
    • Cheng Wei Nien

      Specialty:
      Orthopaedic Surgery

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      Clinic:
      Cheng Orthopaedic Spine & Recon
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #03-03
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      6735 1825
    • Cheung Tin Lung Alan

      Specialty:
      Orthopaedic Surgery

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      Clinic:
      International Orthopaedic Clinic
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #05-24
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6253 7111
    • Chew Tec Hock Jeffrey

      Specialty:
      Orthopaedic Surgery

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      Clinic:
      Centre For Orthopaedics & Hip & Knee Surgery
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #16-10
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      6738 2628
      Clinic:
      Centre For Orthopaedics And Hip And Knee Surgery
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #10-34/35
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6684 5828
    • Chew Yoon Chong Winston

      Specialty:
      Orthopaedic Surgery

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      Clinic:
      Hand Surgery Associates
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #10-51/52/53
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6690 5690

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