Back Pain

Lateral Recess Stenosis

Back pain is one the most commonly occurring problems in most people across the world and people spend the second largest sums of money (only next to cardio-vascular problems) to get it treated.

Lateral Recess Stenosis (LRS)

is one such pain in the mid-back that usually affects middle-aged people. This symptom is caused due to Lumbar spinal stenosis.

Lateral Recess Stenosis:

Also known as subarticular stenosis, this radiating pain in the mid-back is the result of a narrowed spinal canal.

  • When the space between the posterior vertebral margin and the facet superior articulating process is reduced to less than 3-4 mm, it would result in this syndrome.
  • Upon compression the nerves in the spinal canal are also compressed causing the pain in the back.
  • Spinal degeneration (usually due to aging) is the major cause for the spinal compression also causing the nerves in the spinal cord to get compressed.
  • Apart from degeneration, tumors, herniated spinal disc and osteoporosis can also lead to this syndrome.

  • In the United States alone, 65 percent of the older people who need a back surgery are diagnosed with this problem


  • Usually adult males older than 50 are more prone to this problem


Treating LRS:

In order to go for the right treatment for back pain, it is necessary to diagnose the root cause of the pain.

  • Just by taking pain killers and performing exercises for back pain relief would not help the cause. Proper electro-diagnostic tests need to be performed to detect the underlying problem.
  • Your doctor would prescribe the proper medication before undertaking any painful electro-diagnostics.
  • Electromyography, though painful is one such test which is very useful in diagnosing the electric discharge from the muscles. The electric discharge can help the doctor identify the area causing pain.

The treatment for

lateral recess stenosis

entirely depends on diagnosis. If you are experiencing a chronic mid-back pain, it is important to see a doctor straight away.

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