Due to the wear-and-tear effects of aging, our spines can change over the years. One of these changes that can occur is the narrowing of the spinal canal, which is a condition referred to as spinal stenosis. This results in pressure on the spinal cord and the nerves traveling down the spine.
Common symptoms associated with spinal stenosis include:
- Burning pain, numbness, or tingling in the hands, arms, back, buttocks, or legs
- Decreased pain when leaning or bending forward
- Dysfunction in the bowel or bladder may occur in extreme cases
- Increased pain when standing, walking, or sitting with straightened posture
- Problems with walking and balance
- Weakness in the arms, hands, or legs
Spinal stenosis occurs most often in the neck and lower back. A spine specialist will be able to determine a diagnosis and a treatment protocol using conservative care options based on your specific needs.
Treatment plans for spinal stenosis may include medications, therapeutic exercise, physical therapy, injections guided by ultrasound or fluoroscopy (X-ray), or other conservative, interventional procedures.