Lateral recess stenosis occurs when the side of the spinal canal has been restricted, or narrowed, by an abnormality within the spine’s structure. Nerve roots can be irritated or pinched by this condition, producing potentially debilitating symptoms.
If you experience neck pain or back pain, you should consult your physician. You might have spinal stenosis if you feel pain that radiates through the shoulders and arms, or through the hips, legs and feet. You also might experience numbness, tingling, headaches, cramping or joint stiffness.
The symptoms of lateral recess stenosis can be rooted in these conditions, among others:
- Herniated discs
- Bulging discs
- Degenerative disc disease
- Facet disease
- Bone spurs caused by osteoarthritis
Lateral recess stenosis can be non-surgically treated several ways, depending on the recommendation of your physician. Exercises to strengthen neck or back muscles, pain medications and spinal injections might be prescribed. If neck or back pain remains persistent, non-surgical treatments may not be enough. Your physician may recommend that you consider surgery to open up space in the spinal column and release the impinged nerves.
When it seems like surgery is the only option for true relief, consider Laser Spine Institute as an alternative to traditional open back surgery. The surgeons at Laser Spine Institute offer minimally invasive outpatient procedures that are more effective, less risky and require far less recovery time. Contact LSI to learn more about your options to treat lateral recess stenosis, or to receive a free review of your MRI or CT scan.