Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the space in the spinal canal that is reserved for the spinal cord and the nerves that exit this area. When this area becomes narrowed, it places pressure on the spinal cord and surrounding nerves leading to neurological symptoms. They might experience buttocks pain, cramps in legs, difficulty walking, and even sciatica. Sometimes the back and leg pain are made better when leaning forward and walking such as leaning on a shopping cart. Spinal stenosis is most commonly observed in the lower back and the neck but occasionally presents in the middle back as well.
How Do I Know if I have Spinal Stenosis?
Symptoms of spinal stenosis are quite similar to other conditions that involve nerve compression. Spinal stenosis in the neck will cause pain to radiate into the arms, with numbness and tingling sensations as well. When spinal stenosis is seen in the lower back, patients will feel symptoms in their legs. Symptoms will include pain that radiates along the nerve path, with increased pain when standing or walking, as well as numbness and tingling sensations. As the condition progresses, muscular weakness, loss of reflexes, and sometimes a condition known as foot drop can develop.
Do you have any of these symptoms and think you may be suffering from spinal stenosis? We have a quick and easy tool to help gather some information from you to help us determine what your problem is and get you on the road to recovery.
Common spinal stenosis treatments include physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication, pain medication, exercise, and chiropractic adjustments. Treatment in the early stages is less involved than that of later stages. Only once conservative treatments have been exhausted should surgery be considered.
OLSS provides a wide range of treatment options and because our doctors are the most experienced and best trained in treating spinal stenosis we are able to perform many advanced treatments other practices are unable to offer.
The real question is: What treatment is best to treat your spinal stenosis? Use our Treatment Match tool to quickly get started in finding the right treatment for you.