What are the symptoms of spinal narrowing and how can you treat them?

Spinal narrowing, also known as spinal stenosis, is a common degenerative spine condition that occurs as part of the natural aging process. This spinal narrowing can lead to compression and pressure on the spinal cord and nerves, which can result in a variety of significant spinal issues. Before discussing potential symptoms and treatment of this condition, it pays to first learn more about its causes in the following article.

Causes of spinal narrowing

Spinal narrowing occurs when the passageways through which spinal nerves exit the spinal canal, known as foramina, become constricted due to the development of degenerative abnormalities. Over the years, wear on the spine can cause your spinal anatomy to degenerate. Spinal arthritis, bulging discs, herniated discs and bone spurs can all occur as a result of this narrowing.

Bulging discs, herniated discs or bone spurs can reduce the space that the nerves have to travel through. When this constriction progresses to a certain point, a nerve can become compressed and this compression can cause symptoms to arise. Spinal narrowing won’t cause any symptoms by itself. Only a neural compression will result in the development of symptoms.

Spinal narrowing symptoms

Now that you know more about the causes of spinal narrowing and possible resulting nerve compression, you can better understand how and why this condition can cause the following symptoms:

  • Localized pain at the site of the nerve being compressed
  • Pain that radiates or travels the length of the compressed nerve
  • Weakness
  • Numbness
  • Tingling

In more severe cases, this debilitating condition can also cause spasticity, loss of coordination, awkwardness and loss of dexterity. The treatments for this condition often depend on how far the spinal narrowing has progressed and whether your symptoms continue to worsen.

Treatment for spinal narrowing

With a firm grasp of the causes and symptoms of spinal narrowing, you’ll be able to better determine a potential treatment plan when you speak with your doctor. Typically, this will consist of a variety of conservative options that are often very effective in managing the symptoms of spinal narrowing. Whether it involves physical therapy, muscle relaxants, pain medications, hot/cold therapy, anti-inflammatories or chiropractic care, you may find adequate pain relief through such techniques.

However, if weeks or months of conservative treatments have failed to ease your pain, contact Laser Spine Institute today. We’ll be glad to tell you about our minimally invasive procedures that are safer and effective alternatives to traditional open back surgery^ and can help you find relief from neck and back pain. We have helped more than 75,000 patients regain their quality of life after experiencing painful symptoms resulting from spinal stenosis and other degenerative spine conditions.

The board-certified surgeons+ at Laser Spine Institute use a less than 1-inch incision and muscle-sparing techniques in order to alleviate spinal narrowing symptoms. This is done through a decompression procedure that is able to remove the structure that is causing pressure so that the patient is able to quickly get back to work and their daily activities. To find out if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery, reach out to our dedicated team today and ask for a no-cost MRI review.*