Spinal stenosis symptoms and ways to relieve them
Spinal stenosis is a condition where narrowing occurs in the spinal canal or nerve pathways in the spinal column. This is most commonly due to degenerative spine conditions that accompany the natural aging process, but it can also be the result of a congenital defect or a tumor. Spinal stenosis symptoms can include a significant amount of discomfort that can be severely disruptive to your ability to engage in the activities of daily life.
Specific symptoms of spinal stenosis
Spinal stenosis becomes symptomatic when inflammation or misalignment of spinal anatomy causes narrowing to the point that a nerve root or the spinal cord becomes compressed. When this occurs, patients may experience the following spinal stenosis symptoms:
- Muscle weakness
- Shooting pain
Patients typically experience discomfort in the areas of the body where those nerves travel. For instance, cervical (upper) spinal stenosis can cause symptoms in the neck, shoulders, arms and hands. Lumbar (lower) spinal stenosis may result in symptoms in the lower back, hips, buttocks and legs.
Treatment for spinal stenosis
In a large number of cases, symptoms can be relieved by using a number of conservative treatments. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), physical therapy, the use of hot and cold compresses and periods of intermittent rest can help many patients find relief. If several weeks or months of these treatments prove unsuccessful, a doctor or spine specialist may recommend surgery. Before consenting to any surgery, patients should consider all of their options.
Laser Spine Institute offers a safer and effective alternative^ to traditional open neck or back procedures for spinal stenosis with our minimally invasive spine surgery. By using muscle-sparing techniques, our highly skilled surgeons are able to access the spine with a less than 1-inch incision that allows for a streamlined outpatient experience. Contact us to learn how we have helped more than 75,000 people find relief from spinal stenosis symptoms.
A member of our dedicated team will be happy to help you receive a free MRI or CT scan review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.