If the spaces in your spine start narrowing and putting pressure on nerves, you have spinal stenosis. This painful condition is easily treatable with the help of the neurology and pain management practitioners at Spinetech. If the spaces in your spine start narrowing and putting pressure on nerves, you have spinal stenosis. This painful condition is easily treatable with the help of the neurology and pain management practitioners at Spinetech.
WHAT CAUSES SPINAL STENOSIS?
Spinal stenosis occurs when the spaces surrounding your spinal canal or nerve roots start narrowing. You can develop this chronic condition in your upper back (thoracic) or neck (cervical), or more commonly, in your lower back (lumbar).
In some cases, you’re just born with a small spinal canal, which leads to symptoms later on in life.
But you can also develop spinal stenosis issues due to:
Herniated or bulging discs
Tumors, cysts, or abnormal growths
Spinal stenosis can even occur because of trauma, such as a car accident or slip and fall. You’re more likely to develop spinal stenosis if you’re over age 50. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of spinal stenosis can help you better understand when it’s time to seek medical intervention.
DOES SPINAL STENOSIS HAVE SYMPTOMS?
Not always. In fact, some men and women don’t even know they have spinal stenosis until they have an MRI or CT scan.
But as the condition progresses, you’re more likely to experience symptoms, including:
Neck or back pain
Weakness in your extremities
Depending on where your spinal stenosis-related nerve damage is located, you may also have bowel issues or urinary incontinence. If any of these symptoms sound familiar, it’s time to head to Spinetech to get started on your personalized treatment plan.
HOW IS SPINAL STENOSIS TREATED?
Your spinal stenosis treatment plan from Spinetech is tailored to your condition and severity of your symptoms.
Treating spinal stenosis can include:
Nerve root blocks
Antidepressants or anti-seizure drugs
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
If these conservative therapies aren’t providing relief, you might be a candidate for spinal stenosis surgery. This procedure can involve fusing bones together, stabilizing bones, or reshaping bones to take the pressure off of nerves. No matter which type of treatment is right for you, the dedicated team at Spinetech cares for you every step of the way.
Get relief from spinal stenosis discomfort by booking your consultation at Spinetech as soon as possible. Click on the online booking feature or call your nearest office directly.