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What is Spinal Stenosis?
Spinal stenosis is defined as abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal. This may arise when bones, ligaments, or other tissues make the space inside the spinal canal or foramina smaller, which in turn irritates or pinches your spinal nerves.
What are the symptoms of Spinal Stenosis ?
Potential symptoms of spinal stenosis include back or neck pain, pain that radiates down your leg, arm or leg weakness, a weakening of the foot called foot drop, and muscle cramping or numbness that appears in your back, neck, arms, legs, buttocks or shoulders. In many cases, your symptoms may be triggered or grow more intense if you walk or stand, and subside if you lean your body forward or sit. Spinal stenosis symptoms usually only affect a single side of the body, and will frequently become more pronounced with age. Some people develop a dangerous form of lower back stenosis known as cauda equina syndrome. Symptoms of this severe form of spinal stenosis can include sexual impotence, bladder or bowel dysfunction, and numbness, pain or weakness that affects the legs.
What are the causes of Spinal Stenosis?
The most common cause of spinal stenosis is age-related change that may include increases in the size of your bones and joints, hardening and thickening of the ligaments that help support your spine, the formation of bone overgrowths called bone spurs, and bulging or herniated discs.
What is the treatment like for Spinal Stenosis?
Most physicians will first recommend a conservative approach, such as hot/cold compresses, medication, exercise or physical therapy. They could also recommend epidural steroid injections (ESI), selective nerve root block injections (SNRB), or a combination of the two. These injections are usually performed in a series of three: a physician injects an anti-inflammatory, typically a mix of steroid and local anesthetic, into the problem area. If symptoms persist, a minimally invasive procedure might be an option for long term relief.
If your mild spinal stenosis is caused by a bulging or herniated disc, you may be a candidate for a minimally invasive laser spine procedure. If the source of stenosis is bone-related, such as bone spurs or osteoarthritis, or if your condition is more severe, a minimally invasive spine surgery such as a laminectomy/laminotomy or foraminectomy/foraminotomy might be an option to relieve your symptoms.
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