A type of degeneration, spinal stenosis occurs when the spinal canal narrows at one or more locations along the spine. This narrowing can happen as a result of trauma to, or deterioration of, the spine’s bones, discs, or joints. Many degenerative conditions that develop as part of the natural aging process can also cause spinal stenosis, particularly osteoarthritis. In this disease, the cartilage between the vertebrae wears away, leaving the bones to rub against each other and form bone spurs that restrict space in the spinal canal. Other concerns that can produce spinal stenosis include tumors, ligament changes, and a herniated disc. At our state-of-the-art practice, our
What are the symptoms of spinal stenosis?
Symptoms of spinal stenosis can vary depending on the location of the issue. Pain, cramping, and numbness may be felt in the back and the legs or the neck and the arms. Sometimes spinal stenosis can cause imbalance or stability issues and, in rare cases, bladder control may weaken. There is a wide range of concerns that can be caused by this condition, and back discomfort of any kind should be examined to determine if the problem is spinal stenosis or another issue.
Fortunately, spinal stenosis often can be treated using non-surgical methods such as rest, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), corticosteroid injections, orthotics, and physical therapy. Our
For more information about diagnosing and treating spinal stenosis, please contact our office today. We can answer your questions and help you schedule a consultation with one of our skilled orthopaedists.
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