Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Specialist

Joseph Cabaret, MD

Interventional Pain Specialists & Addiction Medicine Specialists located in Camarillo, CA

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Q & A

What is lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS)?

LSS is a condition where the spinal canal in the low back gets narrowed usually due to chronic degeneration. It tends to worsen as we age and symptoms usually get gradually worse in later life. Classical symptoms include pain, fatigue, and weakness in the low back with prolonged standing and walking which are relieved by sitting, lying down, or leaning forward. This symptom complex is known as neurogenic claudication.

Who gets lumbar spinal stenosis with neurogenic claudication?

Usually people start to develop symptoms after the age of 60 but may not notice at first. But the condition tends to progressively worsen over time and eventually starts to interfere with normal everyday activities like shopping, exercising, and family activities.

How is lumbar spinal stenosis with neurogenic claudication treated?

In early stages, epidurals often work well, but as disease progresses, they typically become gradually less effective. Until recently, options at this point were limited. Usually surgery was the only next option. But many patients refuse to have surgery or are not considered safe candidates for anesthesia and surgery due to other coexisting medical problems.

But now there are new minimally-invasive, non-surgical treatments. Percutaneous Image-guided Lumbar Decompression and Image-guided Lumbar Spinous Process Spacers are short outpatient same-day procedures performed under IV sedation at the surgery center. There is no overnight hospital stay required and usually no need for post-procedure pain medications. Patients are usually feeling better quickly without the need for intensive post-procedure physical rehabilitation. And best of all, these procedures are fully covered by Medicare with no out of pocket expenses.

Dr. Cabaret is an expert at diagnosing and treating back and leg pain due to lumbar spinal stenosis with neurogenic claudication. He is one of the carefully selected elite group of doctors who have been trained in both these cutting edge techniques that are revolutionizing back pain treatment in the elderly population. Back pain that prevents you from enjoying the golden years is not just a normal part of aging. It is now an easily treatable condition and Dr. Cabaret knows how to help.

Request an appointment by phone or online today and get back to your best life now.