More information about spinal narrowing

Spinal narrowing, also referred to as spinal stenosis, is a common spine condition in patients over the age of 50. Spinal stenosis specifically refers to the narrowing of the spinal canal. The spinal canal is a space that holds the spinal column and the central nervous system, which is comprised of nerve roots that run up and down the spinal cord and into the brain. As the spinal canal narrows, the walls of the canal can impact a nerve root along the spinal cord and cause severe chronic pain.

Because of the degenerative nature of spinal narrowing, this condition commonly occurs in the lower back (lumbar spine) or neck (cervical spine). A degenerative spine condition is a result of the natural aging process and general wear of the spine. Over the years, the vertebrae of the spine compress under weight gain as well as repetitive motion and movement.

As these vertebrae compress, the disc in between each set of vertebrae compresses, causing the disc to wear thin or to bulge out of place. This could result in a herniated or bulging disc. If the disc deteriorates enough, the vertebrae could become unstable and move out of place, called spondylolisthesis. The compression of vertebrae could also cause the joints in between the vertebrae to wear down.

Due to the slow deterioration of the joints, the vertebrae can rub together, creating small growths called bone spurs. These conditions that develop due to the natural aging process all create some sort of protrusion into the spinal canal. Whether a bulging disc moves into the canal or a bone spur develops and pushes into the canal, the spine condition causes the space between the walls of the spinal canal and the spinal column to narrow, thus causing spinal narrowing.

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Treatment for spinal narrowing

If you have gone through our collection of articles and have exhausted the conservative methods mentioned without experiencing adequate relief, it may be time for surgical intervention. At Laser Spine Institute, our board-certified surgeons+ are able to use a less than 1-inch incision that is muscle-sparing in order to remove the particle that is narrowing your spinal canal, thereby alleviating your symptoms.

Since 2005, our procedures have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain, setting us apart as the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. To find out if you are a potential candidate for our spinal narrowing surgery, reach out to our dedicated team today and ask for a no-cost MRI review.* We can help you move to the next step on your journey to wellness.