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Spinal Stenosisin Phoenix, AZ

Treatment options

  • Medication: over-the-counter pain relievers, prescription medication such as antidepressants, anti-seizures, and opioids
  • Physical therapy, gentle stretching, yoga, or functional mobility training
  • Massage therapy
  • Chiropractic treatment
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Decompression procedure: This treatment option is specifically for lumbar spinal stenosis patients and those with thickened ligaments. This procedure removes a portion of the thickened ligaments in the back of the spinal column to increase the spinal canal space and remove nerve root impingement.
  • Surgery: Several surgical options for spinal stenosis include a laminectomy, laminotomy, laminoplasty, minimally invasive bone or lamina surgeries, spinal fusion

Maintaining a healthy weight can help reduce pain caused by spinal stenosis, and using a cane or walker can provide stability and relieve pain when walking.

Symptoms

Symptoms of spinal stenosis vary depending on what type of spinal stenosis you have.

Cervical spinal stenosis symptoms:

  • Numbness or tingling in hands, arms, feet, or legs
  • Weakness in hands, arm, feet, or legs
  • Difficulties walking or balancing
  • Neck pain
  • Decreased mobility and functionality in your hands
  • Impaired ability to do daily tasks with hands, such as writing, zipping zippers, or buttoning shirts

Lumbar spinal stenosis symptoms:

  • Numbness or tingling in legs or feet
  • Weakness in legs or feet
  • Pain in the lower back
  • Back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Heavy feeling in legs
  • Pain, cramping, or difficulty walking or standing for prolonged periods of times

Some living with lumbar spinal stenosis will experience abnormal functioning in their bowels or bladder and loss of sexual functioning.

Types

The types of spinal stenosis are categorized by their spinal location, and you can suffer from more than one type of spinal stenosis.

The two most common types of this condition are:

  • Cervical stenosis – affects your cervical spine and neck
  • Lumbar stenosis – occurs in your lower back

Other types of spinal stenosis include:

  • Thoracic stenosis – affects your middle pack
  • Foraminal stenosis – occurs in the small openings where nerve roots exit the spinal column
  • Lateral recess stenosis – occurs at the back of the spinal canal where nerve roots initially branch out
  • Central canal stenosis – affects the main spinal canal that houses and protects the spinal cord

Causes

Causes of spinal stenosis include:

  • Bulging or herniated disks
  • Calcified spinal ligaments
  • Congenital spinal stenosis – being born with a small spinal canal
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Genetic disorders
  • Inflammation in the back or neck
  • Inflammatory spondyloarthritis
  • Injury or trauma to the back or neck
  • Misaligned spinal vertebrae
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Overgrown bones
  • Paget’s Disease
  • Spinal cord cysts or tumors
  • Spinal injuries
  • Thickened ligaments
  • Tumors

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