Spinal Stenosis

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Spinal stenosis occurs when the space in the spinal cord is too narrow, which puts pressure on the nerves that pass through the spinal canal. The majority of cases of spinal stenosis affect individuals over 50. The most common areas that spinal stenosis affects are the neck (cervical spine) and the lower back (lumbar spine).


The diagnosis of spinal stenosis requires a clinical examination as well as imaging studies like MRIs and x-rays.


Lower back pain, pain running down one or both legs, weakness in the legs and feet, numbness in the legs and feet, tingling in the legs and feet, and cramping in one or both legs after standing or during walking are all symptoms of spinal stenosis in the lower back.


Neck pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness in the hands, arms, or fingers, and pain running down the arms are all possible symptoms of spinal stenosis in the neck, as well as difficulties walking and balancing.


Spinal stenosis results from a condition that reduces the available space for the spinal cord or nerves. The amount of space in the spinal canal might shrink due to conditions such as bone spurs, herniated discs, and thick ligaments. Spinal stenosis can also be a result of a spinal injury.


The severity of the problem will determine the options that are available. Strengthening, preserving, and enhancing flexibility and stability, as well as enhancing balance, are all things that physical therapy may help with. Steroid injections are another treatment option.


Surgery could be an option if conservative approaches fail. There are many minimally invasive surgical solutions; one option is a laminectomy, in which the surgeon removes the lamina, the back section of the spinal bone, to assist in relieving pressure.


If you are having symptoms of spinal stenosis, contact our office at 239-325-4090 to get an appointment scheduled for an evaluation.

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