The central vertebral canal surrounds and protects the spinal cord and spinal nerve rootlets. Spinal canal stenosis is a degenerative spine condition in which the spinal canal becomes constricted. This narrowing of the spinal canal occurs over time as part of the natural aging process. A narrowed central vertebral canal can place pressure on the spinal neural tissue it was meant to protect. Nerve compression is the primary cause of the unwanted neck and back pain, numbness, weakness, tingling, and other symptoms associated with spinal stenosis and other degenerative spine conditions.
Since spinal stenosis is an age related degenerative spine condition, it is something that simply cannot be avoided. However, that does not mean there are no steps that can be taken to keep the spine healthy and strong thereby minimizing the chances of developing symptomatic spinal stenosis.
Maintenance of overall good health habits also helps avoid symptomatic spinal canal stenosis. For example:
- Maintain a healthy body weight
- Exercise regularly
- Quit smoking
- Limit alcohol and caffeine intake
- Keep good posture
All of the above are ways to minimize spinal canal stenosis, maintain a strong and supple spine, and enjoy the benefits of good overall well-being. Since the spine is responsible for supporting the majority of the body’s weight and is critical to many of the movements performed on a daily basis, it is logical that spine health and overall health are intimately intertwined.
After the diagnosis of symptomatic spinal canal stenosis, initial treatment typically includes conservative measures, such as specific exercises, physical therapy, hot/cold therapy, pain medications, and others. However, for some individuals, conservative symptomatic treatment fails. If you have tried conservative treatments for weeks or months without success, contact Laser Spine Institute today to learn how our innovative, endoscopic outpatient surgical procedures may help you recover health without traditional open spinal surgery.