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Spinal Stenosis

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Spinal Stenosis

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Spinal stenosis—often in the neck or lower back—occurs as the spinal canal or space along the vertebrae where the spinal cord travels narrows, squeezing the nerve roots in the spinal cord. This spinal disorder is often age-related, and is more prevalent in people over 50 years of age.

 

Who’s At Risk

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Pressure on the nerves can be caused by gradual degenerative changes that come with aging. Arthritis may lead to bone spurs and degenerative changes of the spinal joints, which results in the narrowing of the spinal canal. Intervertebral disk degeneration, herniation or bulging, as well as thickening of ligaments within the spinal canal, may lead to increased pressure on the spinal cord, as well. Less frequently, synovial, meningeal or other spinal tumors may cause the narrowing of spinal structures.

 
 

Symptoms

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The constriction of the nerve roots in the spinal cord causes disruption of nerve function—resulting in chronic pain, loss of control over bladder or bowel function, loss of feeling in extremities, and limb numbness or weakness. The symptoms can worsen after standing or exercising for long periods. Commonly patients complain of tiredness or heaviness in the legs with standing or walking, which is relieved once they sit for a period of time. They also frequently feel that leaning forward while walking, on a shopping cart or walker for example, helps to relieve their symptoms.

 

Diagnosis

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The diagnosis of spinal stenosis begins with a complete history and physical examination. Your doctor will determine what symptoms are present, what makes them better or worse, and how long you have been experiencing them. A physical examination is essential for determining how severe the condition is, and whether or not it is causing pain, weakness or numbness.X-Rays, CT scans, MRIs or electromyographic tests (EMGs) may be conducted to assist in evaluating whether spinal stenosis is present.

 
 

Treatment

Life’s too short to put up with pain.

Spinal stenosis symptoms can be managed with physical therapy or anti-inflammatory medication and injection. When the spinal disorder causes patients to lose their ability to walk or function without pain, surgery is required to relieve pressure to the spinal nerve by widening the spinal canal. By employing minimally invasive endoscopic procedures, small incisions will be created to trim or remove damaged disks, bones or ligaments, with minimal interference to surrounding soft tissue. This minimally invasive spine surgery expedites recovery and speeds return to activity.

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