Spinal stenosis is a condition that occurs whenÂ the canal that holds the spinal cord and nerves becomes too narrow. This compresses your spinal cord and/or spinal nerves, which canÂ result in a variety of symptoms, starting with back pain. Patients may also experience leg cramping, numbness, tingling, and weakness because the spinal nerves are being compressed.Â When the spinal cord is compressed, you can experience any of the before mentioned symptoms and also bowel or bladder dysfunction, imbalance and difficulty with fine motor movements or dexterity of your hands.
Spinal Stenosis is a condition that is most commonly seen in older individuals and is usually caused by osteoarthritis. There are a number of other potential causes, including:
As with any other ailment, getting a proper diagnosis is critical. When back pain hits, itâ€™s not enough to Google your symptoms and diagnose yourself. Spinal stenosis does have some symptoms in common with other spinal conditions, but each has its own treatment protocol. Delaying treatment for spinal stenosis can also cause chronic pain and permanent weakness or numbness, so seeking treatment right away is important.
During your first appointment at DISC Spine Institute, our friendly staff will collect your registration forms and any other pertinent information. At this time, youâ€™ll also have an opportunity to discuss your pain and any other symptoms you may be experiencing. Our trusted surgeons will also study your entire medical history as well as your MRI, if you have already had one. Previous medical conditions you may have had can help them better understand your condition and pinpoint the exact source of your pain. They will also determine if additional tests, including x-rays or MRIs, are needed. Typically, our doctors will order special spine x-rays called flexion and extension views to check the stability of your spine.
After all of these steps have been completed, weâ€™ll have enough information to completely diagnose your condition and begin to develop a treatment plan to end your pain and get you back to your life.