About Spinal Stenosis
Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal. It is a medical condition in which the spinal canal starts to narrow.
The spinal canal, also called the spinal cavity, or vertebral cavity is a cavity which runs through the spinal column to enclose and protect the spinal cord.
If the cavity becomes too narrow, it begins to compress the nerve roots of the spinal cord, which causes inflammation, pain, numbness, and other problems.
Commonly, Spinal Stenosis occurs because of osteoarthritis; it causes bone spurs to grow on the vertebrae, which extend into the spinal canal and put pressure on nerve roots. Other Spinal Stenosis causes include rugger- jersey spine, spinal injuries, herniated discs, spine and brain tumors, and Paget’s disease.
Spinal stenosis can occur at all levels of the spinal column. Specifically, it can be thoracic, cervical, or lumbar spinal stenosis.
It can be treated with conservative and surgical treatment options.
The most common symptoms of Spinal Stenosis are:
- Neck pain
- Shooting pain in the leg which is commonly called Sciatica
- Intense weakness in the legs, which causes an individual to drag their feet or slap their feet on the ground (drop foot).
- Inability to stand or walk because of intense pain
- Inability to control bladder and bowled movements (only in extreme cases)
The symptoms of spinal stenosis are similar to the symptoms of sacroiliac joint dysfunction, which is caused by the improper movement of the sacroiliac SI joint.
A doctor will determine the presence of spinal stenosis through X-ray, CT Scan, and/or Magnetic Resonance Imaging Tests (MRI).
If you are diagnosed with the condition, the surgeon will first determine the severity of the condition. Spinal stenosis stages are categorized from 1-4. Commonly, the first line of treatment for all stages is nonsurgical treatments options, which include: pain medication, Corticosteroid injections, Anesthetics, physical therapy and exercise, and assistive medical devices.
Doctors and neurosurgeons recommend surgical solutions for spinal stenosis if the symptoms are extreme, and they continue to worsen even after conservative treatment. Neurosurgeons will recommend minimally invasive spine surgery procedures like Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, or Laminotomy, which removes part or whole of the vertebrae to create space in the narrowed spinal cavity.
A board-certified spine surgeon will perform the surgery as a standalone surgery or in combination with spinal fusion surgery.
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