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  • Back pain gets worse when I lie on my back

  • Pain worsens when lying on my back

  • Hard to walk

  • Lying on my back causes more pain

  • Walking as if dragging

  • Abnormal gait

  • Shuffle when I walk

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Content updated on Jan 19, 2024

What is lumbar spondylosis?

A condition in which the lower backbone (lumbar spine) becomes damaged due to wear and tear of the intervertebral disks. Risk factors include repetitive back strain, carrying heavy loads, and obesity.

Symptoms of lumbar spondylosis

  • Symptoms started with back pain on one side only

  • Unable to lie on the back due to pain

  • Numbness anywhere from the knees to the ankles

  • Pain when exerting physically e.g. climbing the stairs

  • Difficulty in walking

  • Low back pain

  • Back pain worse with exercise

  • Tingling or pricking numbness in the legs even when keeping still

Questions your doctor may ask to check for lumbar spondylosis

  • Was pain on one side of your lower back your first symptom?

  • Does lying on your back make the pain worse?

  • Do you have numbness in your lower legs?

  • Does pain improve with rest but worsen with movement?

  • Is walking difficult for you?

Treatment for lumbar spondylosis

Treatment aims to relieve pain and strengthen the surrounding muscles and posture. This can be achieved through lifestyle changes such as exercise, improved posture, physical therapy, or use of medications. In some cases, procedures like spinal injections or surgery may be necessary to protect the nerves in the spine.

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References

  • Hsu, Wellington K. MD; Jenkins, Tyler James MD. Management of Lumbar Conditions in the Elite Athlete. Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 25(7):p 489-498, July 2017. | DOI: 10.5435/JAAOS-D-16-00135

  • Gibson JN, Waddell G. Surgery for degenerative lumbar spondylosis: updated Cochrane Review. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2005 Oct 15;30(20):2312-20. doi: 10.1097/01.brs.0000182315.88558.9c. PMID: 16227895.

  • Covaro A, Vilà-Canet G, de Frutos AG, Ubierna MT, Ciccolo F, Caceres E. Management of degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis: an evidence-based review. EFORT Open Rev. 2017 Mar 13;1(7):267-274. doi: 10.1302/2058-5241.1.000030. PMID: 28461958; PMCID: PMC5367584.

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Reviewed By:

Kent C Doan, MD

Kent C Doan, MD (Orthopedic surgery)

Dr Doan Graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine and completed residency training in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Colorado. He completed additional fellowship training in Orthopedic Sports Medicine at the prestigious Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado. He is a practicing Orthopedic Surgeon who specializes in complex and revision knee and shoulder surgery at the Kansas City Orthopedic Institute. He also holds an assistant professorship at the University of Kansas City.

Tomohiro Hamahata, MD

Tomohiro Hamahata, MD (Orthopedic surgery)

Dr. Hamahata graduated from the Jikei University of Medical Science. After working at Asanokawa General Hospital and Kosei Chuo Hospital, he joined the Department of Orthopedics at Asakusa Hospital in April 2021, specializing in general orthopedics and joint replacement surgery.

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