How foraminal narrowing can be worsened by participation in certain sports

Of all potential causes of foraminal narrowing, the condition is most closely linked with the normal aging process. As the body grows older, the spine can develop abnormalities that narrow the foramen, or the openings that allow nerve roots to pass from the spinal canal to the rest of the body. When these components shrink the available space, and compress the nerve root, it can lead to radiating pain, weakness, tingling and numbness that can affect the parts of the body impacted by the nerve.

These symptoms aren’t always directly caused by age. However, they can also be brought on by or made worse by participating in sports that involve repeated impacts or twisting of the spine. Through the following article, you will be able to learn more about the development of foraminal stenosis as well as the treatment options available to relieve this debilitating condition.

How sports can accelerate foraminal stenosis

Here are a few examples of sports that can be linked to the occurrence of foraminal narrowing:

  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Wrestling

In these sports, repeated motions like twisting and bending can wear down the cartilage lining the joints of the spine.

Why cartilage makes a difference

Without cartilage to reduce friction, the joints can grind together and eventually produce bone spurs that protrude into the foramen. Traumatic impacts can lead to herniated or ruptured discs that can also protrude into the foramen and compress the nerve roots running through them, causing disruptive symptoms.

Treating your foraminal stenosis with Laser Spine Institute

If you have foraminal narrowing and conservative treatments like pain medication and physical therapy haven’t provided you with satisfactory relief from your symptoms, contact Laser Spine Institute today. Our procedures offer a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery, as well as a lower risk of complication and a shorter recovery period.^

Since 2005, we have helped more than 75,000 patients find lasting relief from their chronic neck or back conditions, setting us apart as the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. We can review your MRI for free* to determine if you’re a good candidate for our minimally invasive foraminal stenosis procedures.