Spinal stenosis is the result of the spinal canal narrowing, which puts pressure on the nerve or cord that creates pain. The condition is mostly seen in older patients, over age 50, due to changes in the spine from the aging process, but it may also be present at birth.
Spinal Stenosis Causes
Usually spinal stenosis is caused by different elements of the spine, such as discs, joints, or ligaments changing, causing a narrowed spinal canal. Symptoms include leg and back pain that is somewhat improved by sitting or bending over.
Spinal Stenosis Diagnosis
Spinal stenosis can be diagnosed with imaging tests such as X-ray, MRI or CT scans. Treatment usually begins with anti-inflammatory medications, steroids or narcotics. Physical therapy is recommended to relieve symptoms.
In rare cases, conservative treatment is not sufficient to improve leg and back pain, and surgery can effectively relieve the nerve pressure. Surgery involves removing bone and ligamentous bulges that place pressure on the nerves, and stabilizing the area.
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