A Case Discussion on Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Sushama G. Kuware and D. K. Puri
Journal Title:International Journal of Ayurveda and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Introduction: Lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) is an abnormal narrowing of spinal canal at lumbar region, resulting in a neurological deficit that reports pain, weakness, numbness in legs while walking, or the combination thereof. The classical presentation of patient with LSS include lower back pain, radiating leg pain (unilateral /bilateral) that is relieved by rest and bending forward. Low back pain (LBP) is second only to upper respiratory illness as a cause of visiting a physician. The prevalence ranges 10.1-8.9% and mostly affects the age group of 35 to 55years. Chief complaints of patient: Fourtytwo-year old female patient came to us with complaints of low back ache, leg pain while walking and inability to sit in erect posture for long duration. She alsohad difficulty in continuing her daily work as a homemaker. Materials and Methods: Ayurveda explains thisdisease under the title vatavyadhi as katishoola andkatigraha. The treatment available for the disease in modern medicine is not very satisfactory. The present study was aimed at establishing the holistic approach of management by Ayurveda. Therefore,abhyang, swedan, katibasti, tiktakshirbasti followed by erandmuladi and sahachar tail basti along with specific yoga posture and diet were selected for the present case. Results: After treatment patients recovered symptomatically, the backache was very mild and intermittent. In addition, the patient was able to keep erect posture and to carry out the daily routine. Conclusion: The treatment regimen given was effective and showed substantial improvement in the patient.