What is Spinal Stenosis?
Spinal stenosis is recognized as a narrowing of the space within the spine, which can cause pressure to be placed on the nerves that traverse the spine.
This condition can cause severe pain, numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness that intensifies with time. Though, some patients don’t experience symptoms until it is already very severe.
Craig C. Callewart, M.D., who is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, can help you on the right path toward greater peace of mind.
What Causes Spinal Stenosis?
Spinal stenosis has a few different possible causes, with some of the most common being:
- Bone spurs – these can happen due to wear and tear damage from osteoarthritis.
- Herniated discs – this is when the cushions that serve as shock-absorbers in between vertebrae herniate, pushing onto the nerves and narrowing the spinal cord.
- Thickened ligaments – these are durable cords that maintain bone configuration within the spine. These cords can become stiff and thicken with age, bulging into the spinal canal.
- Tumors – this is an irregular growth that can form within the spinal cord.
- Spinal injuries – any form of damage to the spinal canal can cause narrowing.
What Are The Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis?
As mentioned, some patients do not experience symptoms until the condition is already very advanced. But the most common symptoms reported are:
- Limited mobility
- Weakness of surrounding muscles
- Nerve pain
What Are My Treatment Options for Spinal Stenosis?
The treatment plan that makes sense for you will depend on the severity of your symptoms, your medical history, and more.
During your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Callewart, he’ll review your symptoms and perform a physical examination of the problematic area.
Depending on the case, further examination such as an X-ray, CT scan, or MRI may be necessary. From there, we can determine the right treatment or procedural approach for you.
It could include, but is not limited to, any of the following:
- Physical therapy to widen the spinal canal
- Surgery to widen the spinal canal
Frequently Asked Questions About Spinal Stenosis
1. Can stenosis of the spine be cured?
Yes, surgery can be performed to widen the spinal canal to prevent pressure placed on nerves.