Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spaces between your spine which can put pressure on the nerves that travel through the spine due to a narrowing of your vertebrae. It is most common to occur throughout the lower back. This condition is much more likely to occur as you get older, which can create long-lasting problems such as arthritis. Treatments vary from person to person depending on severity.
There are two kinds of spinal stenosis:
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Spinal Stenosis is a degenerative disorder that worsens over time. Risk factors are more common in people over the age of 50, but have been noted in younger patients.
Risk factors for spinal stenosis may include:
Symptoms of spinal stenosis include:
The doctor may perform a series of imaging tests to confirm you have spinal stenosis. This can be a simple X-ray, but also other screening services such as MRIs and CT Scans. Visit your New York Spine Spine Specialists for imaging services diagnosis and proper treatment options.
There are a multitude of ways to treat your spinal stenosis. Physical therapy exercises such as back stretching can help you build your strength back to normal so you experience less pain throughout the day.* You may also be able to treat it with with pain relievers (over-the-counter or prescribed), given steroid injections, or a decompression procedure to remove a portion of a thickened ligament from your back.
If more severe, however, you may require surgery to treat your spinal stenosis. One of the possible surgeries you may get is laminectomy. A Laminectomy is when one or more vertebrae is removed to relieve pressure from the spine. You may also need a spinal fusion, where the surgeon may “weld” together two weak vertebrae so they may work as one strong bone.
*The effectiveness of diagnosis and treatment will vary by patient and condition. New York Spine Institute does not guarantee certain results.