Spinal stenosis is a condition involving any type of narrowing of the spinal canal or nerve-root canals. The narrowing of the spinal canal results in compression of, or pressure upon, the spinal nerves and nerve roots, causing a number of spinal stenosis pain symptoms, including lower back pain, feelings of cramping or weakness in the back and lower extremity pain.
Spinal Stenosis Pain Causes:
The most common form of spinal stenosis is from degeneration of the spine leading to stenosis. Degenerative stenosis effects virtually the entire adult population as a result of the natural process of aging but this form of spinal stenosis does not always result in painful symptoms.
Spinal Stenosis Risk Factors:
People over the age of 50 are more at risk of developing spinal stenosis. If spinal stenosis develops in a younger person, the cause is usually from a genetic disease which is affecting the muscle and bone development throughout their body.
Spinal Stenosis Testing:
Spinal stenosis is difficult to diagnose due to the signs and pain symptoms being similar to many age-related conditions. Imaging tests like x-rays, MRIs and CT myelograms may be necessary for doctors to pinpoint the cause.
Spinal Stenosis Pain Management Treatment Options:
There are a number of spinal stenosis treatment options that help with pain management from spinal stenosis, which include:
- Epidural Steroid Injection
- Minimally Invasive Nerve Blocks
- Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression
- Massage Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Chiropractic Care
At Nura, our specialists in spinal stenosis value the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to surround and attack your pain from multiple angles. As spinal stenosis involves a wide variety of causes and potential treatments we highly suggest you meet with one of our advanced pain specialists for an evaluation to identify the precise source of your pain and the development of a plan of care that is customized to your unique lifestyle, needs and situation.