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Spinal Stenosis

Spinal Stenosis is a condition caused by the normal “wear-and-tear” changes that happen as you age, and it can cause a range of symptoms – most commonly including severe pain.

Fortunately, doctors have multiple routes of pain relief. Keep reading to find out more.

Male patient complaining of back pain to doctor while doctor assesses

What Is Spinal Stenosis?

Spinal stenosis is the name given to your spinal canal narrowing, we’ll take a deep dive into the causes further down the page. Most commonly though, this is tied to aging as it inherently leads to the normal breakdown of cartilage that happens with daily life, injuries, and herniated discs – all of which can cause spinal stenosis.

young man holding back in pain

What Are The Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis?

Interestingly, some people suffering from the early stages of spinal stenosis don’t even experience symptoms. But those that do typically complain of lower back pain, numbness, tingling and bowel or bladder dysfunction.

What Causes Spinal Stenosis?

Ultimately, the narrowing of the spine is the cause of the pain, by pushing on one of the 31 pairs of spinal nerves within the spinal column.

But why does your spinal canal narrow in the first place?

Some patients are simply more susceptible due to previous conditions such as scoliosis or being born with an already narrow spine.

Some of the other causes could be:

  1. Spinal osteoarthritis
  2. Degenerative disc disease
  3. Thickened ligaments

What Are My Treatment Options for Spinal Stenosis?

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, then the condition has likely already progressed. It’s crucial that you seek proper medical care to ensure it does not continue to worsen.

Some of the ways your doctor may treat you include:

1. Rehab Therapy – Your doctor will create a custom exercise plan. This is specifically focused on strengthening your spine, but there are also walking methods that can open up the spinal canal, helping to mitigate the pressure pushing on the nerves.

2. Spinal Decompression Therapy – This kind of non-surgical therapy works to release tension held in your spinal canal and restore space to crowded discs, limiting the pressure and pinching causing the pain.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Spinal Stenosis

1. What activity should be avoided with spinal stenosis?
The recommendations on what activities you should avoid when diagnosed with spinal stenosis will vary, and you should speak to your doctor. However, it will typically include high impact exercises such as jogging, contact sports, and long periods of standing or walking.

2. Can spinal stenosis be cured?
As of 2022, there is no permanent cure for spinal stenosis. However, you can absolutely live pain free by working with your healthcare provider. Schedule a free consultation.

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