Common Causes and Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis
When the spaces in your spine narrow due to herniated discs, tumors, or spinal injuries and put pressure on your spinal nerves, it can result in a painful condition known as spinal stenosis. Commonly caused by osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis occurs in your lower back and neck. Symptoms include neck and back pains, walking and balance issues, muscle weakness, bowel or bladder dysfunction, and tingling/numbness in the hands, feet, arms, or legs. Not all will experience symptoms, while others experience symptoms that get worse with time. While this type of condition can affect patients of all ages, it’s typically those over the age of 50 who report it the most.
Call Us for Spinal Stenosis Treatment
The severity of your symptoms and your stenosis’s exact location will determine the best treatment method. If mild in intensity, your doctor may recommend follow-up monitoring and self-care. If those don’t seem to help, your physician may recommend certain medications (pain relievers or antidepressants), physical therapy, massage therapy, or acupuncture. If all else fails, spinal surgery may be needed to create additional space in your spine. To request more information regarding our spinal stenosis treatment options or schedule an appointment with Dr. Christopher Hulen, Please call KSF Orthopaedic Center.