A narrowing of the spinal canal is called spinal stenosis. This narrowing can irritate the spinal cord itself or the nerve roots as they exit the spinal cord. Common causes of spinal stenosis are part of the aging process and is most common in patients over 50 years of age.
Spinal Stenosis can occur in the cervical (neck) or lumbar (lower) spine and it is characterized by pain, numbness, or weakness in the legs, feet, or buttocks.
Some of the factors that cause spinal stenosis are:
- Degeneration of tissues
- Excessive bone growth
- Thickening of tissue in the canal (such as ligaments or cartilage)
- Herniated disc
We Help Patients Avoid Neck & Back Surgery
Non-Surgical Solutions for Spinal Stenosis
There is no cure for spinal spinal stenosis, but our doctors help many patients get pain relief with our non-invasive, non-surgical treatments. Our spinal experts take a thorough health history, analyze any previously taken radiograph and MRI images and determine if you are a candidate for our enhanced spinal care program. Many patients experience improved flexibility and decreased pain.
Spinal Stenosis Symptoms
Spinal stenosis can affect any part of your spine, and in some cases can be 100% asymptomatic. However, most patients that experience symptoms report the following:
- Spinal Stiffness (especially in the morning)
- Numbness (into the arms or legs)
- Pain (usually in the low back or neck)
- Sciatica (shooting pain down the leg)
- Foot Drop (painful leg weakness that causes loss of control of your foot)
- Difficulty Standing
- Difficulty Walking
- Loss of Bladder or Bowel Control (go to the emergency room immediately)
Have you been diagnosed with spinal stenosis and need help managing your symptoms?
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