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Know Your Back Story is a National Health Awareness Campaign addressing the physical and emotional aspects of mobility due to low back pain and leg pain LSS. It educates and encourages millions of people with chronic low back pain.

Lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) is a condition in which the lower spinal canal narrows and compresses the spinal nerves in the lower back. Often caused by an enlarged ligament, this compression contributes to pain and mobility issues. LSS is generally found in people over the age of 50 and the likelihood of developing LSS increases with age.


Their #LookForTheLigament Education and Experiential Mobile Unit tour is designed to educate, engage, and increase awareness of the enlarged ligament as a potential cause for low back pain and encourage people to be screened for LSS.

Lumbar spinal stenosis, or LSS, is a common cause of low back and leg pain. In fact, there are 2.4 million U.S. patients in active treatment. LSS is generally found in people over the age of 50, and the likelihood of developing LSS increases with age. 

Your back is a marvel of architecture—bone, muscle, and ligament working together to hold you up, move you through life, and protect the spinal canal which sends information to all parts of your body. Understanding that architecture can help you better understand how aging, degeneration, injuries, and other factors can lead to conditions that can cause low back and leg pain, like when an enlarged ligament compresses spinal nerves.

Symtoms of LLS include…

PAIN, NUMBNESS, tingling, or heaviness in the low back, legs, or buttocks when standing/walking.

TEMPORARY RELIEF when bending forward while sitting or standing as pressure on the spinal cord is released and space in the spinal canal is “opened.” Common actions include finding a chair, leaning over shopping cart, using walker or cane.

The causes are natural wear and tear on the spine as people age can lead to a number of contributing factors that cause the narrowing of the spinal canal and create pressure on the spinal nerves:

  • Enlarged Ligament
  • Bone Overgrowth
  • Disc Bulge

LSS is diagnosed through your medical history and symptoms, physical examination and test mobility and the usual MRI’s. CT scans and X Rays. Get yourself tested if you have any of these symptoms as Know Your Back Story say there are treatments for this condition.

To find out more head to the Know Your Back Story website here.

Source: Know Your Back Story


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