Spinal canal stenosis articles and resources

It can be overwhelming to learn that your chronic neck or back pain is caused by spinal stenosis. This degenerative spine condition develops gradually over time, eventually culminating in unexpected chronic neck or back pain. We, at Laser Spine Institute, give high priority to educating our patients about their various conditions, symptoms and treatment choices. To help answer some questions you might have about spinal stenosis, we have collected the following helpful spinal stenosis articles for review.

Causes

The important thing to understand about spinal stenosis is that it is usually a result of nothing more than the unavoidable aging process. With aging, the spinal anatomy deteriorates. Conditions like degenerative disc disease, the development of bone spurs, spondylolisthesis and facet disease develop. When these conditions result in the narrowing of the central vertebral canal, the spinal cord and various nerve roots may become irritated, producing a variety of related symptoms. In all, spinal stenosis can cause a number of symptoms, such as neck or back pain, pain that radiates along an affected nerve (as in sciatica), numbness, tingling or even unexpected muscle weakness.

Treatments

Treatment may be directed at symptom suppression or symptom cause correction. Treatment selection depends upon factors such as patient desires, risks of treatment, side effects of treatment and treatment efficacy. Condition factors influencing treatment choice include the location of the stenosis, severity of symptoms and result of leaving the condition untreated. Treatment should begin with as little bodily invasion or disruption as possible. Initial treatment often consists of a series of conservative, non-invasive techniques, such as pain medication, hot/cold therapy, physical therapy and massage. However, if your pain persists through several weeks of conservative techniques, more aggressive treatment may be required. The focus of treatment must change from non-invasive suppression of symptoms to more invasive correction of the cause of symptoms.

How to accomplish an efficacious, “more invasive” treatment while maintaining the least disruptive course of action is the fundamental idea upon which Laser Spine Institute was conceived and developed. With substantial effort and financial expenditure, the physicians at Laser Spine Institute have perfected innovative, highly successful, minimally invasive procedures for the treatment of spinal stenosis and many other spinal conditions. “More invasive” no longer means traditional open spine surgery; it now means minimally invasive spine surgery. If conservative treatments of your spinal condition have failed to produce satisfactory results, contact Laser Spine Institute today to schedule an initial consultation with one of our spine specialists.