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Spinal Stenosis

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stenosis

Spinal Stenosis is an abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal.

– INFORMATION –

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Symptoms: Pain, numbness, fatigue, spasms, compromised movement
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Causes: Wear and Tear, Injury
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Treatments: Decompression, stabilization/fusion, injection
Recovery Rate: High
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SYMPTOMS  –

Common symptoms of Spinal Stenosis include:

° Lumbar spine
pain, numbness, tingling, burning, and weakness in the lower back, buttocks, legs, and feet

° Cervical spine
pain, numbness, tingling, burning, and weakness in the neck, arms, hands, and sometimes in the head

° Thoracic spine
pain in the mid or upper back, radiating through the stomach or chest, which patients often confuse for cardiovascular problems

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CAUSES –

Additional common Spinal Stenosis causes

° Age related wear and tear, which can lead to Degenerative Disc Disease
° Other conditions, such as arthritis, bone spurs, herniated discs, spondylolisthesis and others
° Back or neck strain due to repetitive physical activity, poor posture, imbalances in the musculature, or heavy lifting
° Direct physical injuries such as a car accident or fall
° Genetics, whether or not the symptoms appeared in your parents

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TREATMENTS –

Conservative Options
options include nerve root blocks and steroid injections

Decompression

Fusion/Stabilization
may be used when the stability of the spine or vertebrae are compromised or threatened. In some of these cases, more than one harmful condition may exist. While these procedures are minimally invasive and enjoy a high success rate, some patients may be required to stay overnight for observation.