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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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    • Alan Cheung

      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
    • Andrew Quoc Dutton

      Specialty:
      Orthopaedic Surgery

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      Clinic:
      Elite Orthopaedics Pte Ltd
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #12-10
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      68368000
    • Ang Chia Liang

      Specialty:
      Orthopaedic Surgery

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      Clinic:
      Centurion Orthopaedic Centre
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #08-35
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6970 5835
    • 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
    • Antony 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
      Clinic:
      Orthopaedic Associates
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #16-03
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      62358755
    • 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
    • Chan Ying Ho Henry

      Specialty:
      Orthopaedic Surgery

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      Clinic:
      Hc Orthopaedic Surgery
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #15-14
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      6732 8848
    • Chang Haw Chong

      Specialty:
      Orthopaedic Surgery

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      Clinic:
      Synergy Orthopaedic Group Pte Ltd
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #06-59/60
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6884 6788

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