A guide to the causes of spinal narrowing

The primary underlying cause of spinal narrowing is often the natural aging process. As you get older, natural wear and tear on your spinal anatomy causes conditions such as bulging or herniated discs, bone spurs and inflamed joints that can constrict the already tight spaces in the spinal column. When this constriction — also known as spinal stenosis — causes a nerve to become compressed, painful symptoms can result.

At Laser Spine Institute we are dedicated to helping patients become more educated about the underlying causes of their neck and back pain. We hope the following information about how spinal narrowing symptoms are caused can help you work with your doctor to find the relief you deserve. If you have any questions about the treatments available to you and how our caring team can help, contact us today.

What are the symptoms?

When spinal narrowing causes a spinal nerve to become compressed, the symptoms will occur in the area of your body that the pinched nerve travels to. For example, a compressed nerve in the cervical (upper) spine may cause symptoms in the neck, shoulders, arms, hands and/or fingers, while a pinched lumbar (lower) spinal nerve may cause symptoms in the lower back, hips, buttocks, thighs, calves and/or feet. The symptoms experienced may include:

  • Localized pain at the site of nerve compression
  • Pain that radiates the length of the compressed nerve
  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Muscle weakness

Methods of treatment

While no one can reverse the natural aging process that so often causes spinal narrowing, conservative treatments can be very effective in managing its symptoms. Work with your doctor to develop a treatment plan that includes physical therapy, pain medications, exercise, hot/cold therapy and massage therapy. However, if you’ve tried conservative treatments for weeks or months with little reduction in your pain, reach out to Laser Spine Institute today. Our minimally invasive spine surgery is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine procedures, offering our patients a shorter recovery time^ and less risk of complication.

Our dedicated team will be happy to help you receive a no-cost MRI or CT scan review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our outpatient procedures.