More information about spinal stenosis

Spinal stenosis is a spine condition that describes the narrowing of the spinal canal. This condition is often found in conjunction with other spine conditions, usually as a result of another condition. For example, a patient with a herniated disc might also have spinal stenosis because the herniated disc is protruding into the spinal canal, causing the space between the spine and the spinal canal walls to narrow.

Often, spinal stenosis is caused by degenerative spine diseases, such as arthritis of the spine or spondylolisthesis. Degenerative spine conditions occur with the natural aging process of the spine. As the spine begins to gradually deteriorate due to years of wear and tear, the components of the spine might begin to shift and move out of the natural alignment of the spine. A disc or vertebra that moves out of alignment could cause the space in the spinal canal to narrow, resulting in spinal stenosis.

Patients who have spinal stenosis may experience chronic or acute pain in the back at the location of the condition. When the spinal canal narrows, a nerve root in the spinal canal could become compressed against a component of the spine, resulting in chronic or radiating pain. If you are experiencing these symptoms, there are several treatment options available to help you find relief.

As you continue to research spinal stenosis, we encourage you to contact Laser Spine Institute. Our team can provide you with a no-cost MRI review* and help you find out if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive, outpatient procedures that are safer and effective alternatives to open neck and open back surgery.

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