Lumbar Spinal Stenosis and The coflex® Solution
The purpose of this Patients' Guide is to help you learn about lumbar spinal stenosis and the coflex® Interlaminar Stabilization™ device — a new non-fusion solution. The coflex® implant is the first and only motion preserving minimally invasive treatment for moderate to severe spinal stenosis post decompression.
The coflex® Interlaminar Stabilization™ Device
About Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Spinal stenosis is the gradual result of aging and "wear and tear" on the spine from everyday activities. This wear and tear on the spine can lead to pressure on the nerves that may cause pain and/or damage. The number of Americans who have lumbar spinal stenosis to date is 1.2 million, and this number is expected to rise to 2.5 million by the year 2020.1
- Patients who have spinal stenosis are not able to walk for long periods of time.
- Symptoms include pain, numbness, tingling and weakness in the lower back, buttocks and legs, which are especially noticeable after walking and physical activity.
- Often, patients notice relief of their symptoms when they sit down or rest for a short period of time, but when they return to walking, symptoms quickly come back.
Before your physician says, "You have stenosis," it is important for the physician to rule out other conditions that may produce similar symptoms. Your physician may ask you about the symptoms you have, how these symptoms have changed over time, and treatments you have tried (such as physical therapy, chiropractic care, or medications). Your physician will order additional radiology tests to confirm that you have lumbar spinal stenosis.
This content is for educational purposes only and does not replace having a conversation with your physician. Discuss your alternatives with your physician and select the treatment method that best seems to meet your current pain level and lifestyle. Please keep in mind that treatment and outcome results vary among patients.