Dealing with spinal stenosis after receiving a diagnosis can be intimidating, especially if you are unsure about the condition and what it may mean for your future. Understanding the spine and how it is affected by the condition is a way to stay educated and informed of possible treatments and how to resume a normal lifestyle regardless of the severity of the case.
What is Spinal Stenosis?
Spinal stenosis is a condition that is classified as the overall narrowing of the spinal column. When the spinal column becomes narrower, it often puts additional pressure on the spinal cord itself as well as the nerves that are found throughout the spine.
There are not always clear signs and symptoms to determine if you are dealing with spinal stenosis. However, some patients and individuals who have dealt with a spinal stenosis diagnosis have felt numbness, pain and even muscle weakness throughout the spinal cord and neck area. It is also possible to experience bladder and bowel issues as the condition progresses.
Neck symptoms may include tingling in the legs, feet, arms, hands and the neck itself.
Lower back symptoms of spinal stenosis include cramping in legs in addition to triggering pain in the lumbar spine area. Relieving pain with spinal stenosis is often done by sitting down or bending forward.
While some people are born with a narrow spinal column, common causes of spinal stenosis include back injuries, herniated disks, bone spurs, and thickening ligaments around the spine as a result of normal aging.
Dealing with the narrowing of open spaces in the spine can seem tremendously overwhelming, but it is possible with the right type of pain management services and therapy options.
Medication options include NASIDs, muscle relaxants, antidepressants, and opiods that can help to relieve the pain felt with spinal stenosis.
Physical therapy can build endurance and strength while maintaining your flexibility and balance, regardless of the severity of the condition.
If you have spinal stenosis, you can take advantage of our expert pain management services at 911 BioCare Centers by contacting our office.