Spinal stenosis is one of the most commonly diagnosed disorders of the spine. “Stenosis” means narrowing of the spinal canal (the space through which your spinal cord travels). This narrowing of space means that the spinal cord and/or the nerves exiting the spinal cord can become pinched and damaged. An increase in pressure on the spinal cord or nerves can lead to a variety of symptoms, including leg pain that is worse when standing, leaning back, or walking (and better when bending forward and sitting down); nighttime leg cramps; hamstring tightness; and numbness or weakness in one or both legs. Back pain and stiffness may also occur, but symptoms in the leg are generally more common.
Spinal stenosis is primarily thought to be caused by degenerative changes that occur with aging. Of course, not all aging adults experience back pain and other symptoms of spine dysfunction, but stenosis is more likely to occur in people over 50. A history of spinal trauma and genetics may also play a role in the development of stenosis.
No! At Indiana Spine Center, we sometimes use imaging techniques including x-rays, CT scans, and/or MRI scans, to help us visualize the spine anatomy and guide our diagnosis and treatment. But sometimes even severe stenosis does not produce severe symptoms—and may not produce any symptoms at all. That said, if you have signs and symptoms of a problem related to your spine, it's critical to be examined by a healthcare professional in order to ensure a correct diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan.
At Indiana Spine Center, our focus of treatment for stenosis is to reduce pain and inflammation, promote tissue healing, restore normal spine mobility, increase postural strength and endurance, and prevent future recurrence of symptoms. To achieve this using non-surgical techniques, we may offer medications, spinal rehabilitative therapy, steroid injections, orthotic bracing, and lifestyle counseling. Surgical intervention may be required depending on the severity of symptoms and type of stenosis and may include laminectomy or surgical decompression.
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