What causes spinal stenosis to flare up?

If you have spinal stenosis, it is understandable that you might live in fear of your next flare-up. In order to understand why flare-ups occur, it is helpful to understand exactly what the condition is. Stenosis means “narrowing,” so spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal. It is typically a result of the degeneration of the spine during the natural aging process, and occurs most often in the lower (lumbar) spine. Because your spinal cord sends and receives nerve signals to and from all parts of your body, you can experience symptoms such as pain, numbness, tingling and muscle weakness anywhere from the shoulders, arms and hands all the way down to the legs and feet.

While spinal stenosis flare-ups may seem to come out of nowhere, they are typically triggered when there is excess pressure placed on tight gluteal or hamstring muscles. This can occur for a number of reasons, including that you:

  • Slept in an awkward position
  • Slept on a mattress that was not firm enough
  • Were sitting for too long
  • Gained weight
  • Wore high heeled shoes or ill-fitted shoes
  • Exercised strenuously without adequate conditioning

Begin the road to relief

If spinal stenosis flare-ups have disrupted your quality of life, there are treatment options available that can help you achieve meaningful relief. At Laser Spine Institute, we have a team of board-certified surgeons+ who have performed more than 100,000 minimally invasive spine surgeries to help patients find relief from their chronic neck and back. These procedures are a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery.^

If you would like to learn more about the treatment options we have available to help alleviate pain and discomfort caused by spinal stenosis, contact Laser Spine Institute today. We can provide you with a free MRI review* to determine if you are a candidate for the minimally invasive procedures we have available.

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