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Spinal stenosis is pain that results from conditions that cause the spinal canal to become smaller or compress. The spinal canal is the open cavity that runs through the center of each vertebra and houses the spinal cord. When this hole gets compressed, it can pinch the spinal cord or its nerve roots, causing spinal stenosis.
Spinal stenosis is most likely to impact women over the age of 50 and is especially common in individuals with osteoarthritis. The pain and overall impact of spinal stenosis vary by patient, but no person should live with this discomfort long term. At Kayal Pain & Spine Center, we can help you minimize the symptoms and reverse the negative effects with spinal stenosis treatments in Franklin Lakes, Glen Rock and Westwood.
Reduce your risk.
Spinal stenosis has several causes, most of which are due to unpreventable changes in the spine that occur as people age. Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of spinal stenosis, as bony growths invade some of the spinal cavity’s space, while other common causes include:
Any of these conditions can cause the spinal cavity to narrow, providing less space for the spinal cord and nerves, which may result in spinal stenosis.
Pinpoint your pain.
Symptoms of spinal stenosis vary by the condition’s location. Spinal stenosis in the lower back is called lumbar stenosis, while spinal stenosis in the neck is called cervical stenosis. The third type of stenosis called thoracic stenosis occurs in the mid-spinal region but is much less common than lumbar and cervical stenosis.
Lumbar stenosis often presents itself with lower back and leg pain or cramping that worsens with walking. You may find that symptoms subside when laying down, sitting or bending forward, only to return when in the upright position. In some cases, tingling, numbness or weakness in a foot or leg is also a symptom of lumbar stenosis.
Cervical stenosis commonly produces neck pain and walking or balance problems. You may also experience numbness, tingling or weakness in your arm, hand, foot or leg. Bowel or bladder incontinence can also occur in progressed stages of spinal stenosis.
In the most extreme cases, either form of spinal stenosis can result in severe weakness or paralysis. Spinal stenosis tends to worsen over time. If you are experiencing worsening symptoms, book an appointment for spinal stenosis treatment in Franklin Lakes, Glen Rock or Westwood with Kayal Pain & Spine Center.
Get the answers you need.
Kayal Pain & Spine Center uses diagnostic imaging to accurately identify spinal stenosis in our patients if symptoms suggest that the condition may be present. During diagnosis, you will receive an X-ray, MRI, CT scan, or combination of these, to identify the degenerative damage and narrowed spinal canal that results in spinal stenosis.
Life’s too short to put up with pain.
Kayal Pain & Spine Center offers several different spinal stenosis treatments and our strategy will vary depending on the extent and location of your pain. Steroid injections and physical therapy are often the first-line treatments against spinal stenosis symptoms, effectively eliminating spinal stenosis pain for many patients. However, if spinal stenosis persists, our dedicated surgeons will consider surgical options to widen the spinal canal.