After years of normal wear and tear, your spinal column can lose its structural strength and become narrow, creating pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots. This narrowing is called spinal stenosis. ?
Without treatment, spinal stenosis can lead to recurring pain which may limit a person’s daily activities such as the ability to work, run errands, or walk the golf course. Pain can radiate from your neck or back to your hips, legs and feet. Visit our spinal stenosis symptoms page to learn more about the signs of this condition.
Spinal stenosis also can cause a spinal nerve compression condition called sciatica, which is a symptom of an inflamed or injured sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve stretches from your spinal cord to your feet, supplying feeling and movement. If it’s injured or its roots are compressed, your lower back and leg may tingle, ache, or have a burning sensation.
If, after reading this spinal stenosis overview, you believe your back pain is due to spinal stenosis, contact your healthcare provider. He or she will be able to make a proper diagnosis and prescribe appropriate treatment. For an in-depth look into treatment, review our spinal stenosis treatments page.
Occasionally, some patients diagnosed with spinal stenosis require more than standard treatment to live a fully-functioning lifestyle once again. Fortunately, there are other options available for pain relief, including the state-of-the-art, minimally invasive procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute. Recovery times are quicker and success rates are much higher than other treatments like open-back surgery, leaving you free to get out on the dance floor once more! Contact us today for a free MRI or CT scan review, and to receive more information about our outpatient endoscopic procedures.