What You Need to Know About Spinal Stenosis

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.

If you are experiencing pain in your spinerequest an appointment online with one of our specialists at Tri-County Orthopedics or call (973) 775-9283.