Treatment options may include:
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Corticosteroid injections
- Decompression Surgery
- Hot and cold compresses
- Massage therapy
- Over-the-counter pain medication
- Prescription pain medication
- Physical therapy
- Stabilization Surgery
- Limited mobility
- Local and traveling pain
- Loss of fine motor skills
- Muscle weakness
Diagnostic tests include:
- Medical history review
- Physical examination
- CT scan
Common forms include:
Location on spine:
Cervical stenosis: narrowing of the spinal section in the neck and upper back.
Lumbar stenosis: narrowing of the spinal section in the lower back.
Thoracic stenosis: narrowing of the spinal section in the middle back.
Part of the spinal column that narrows:
Foraminal Stenosis: Narrowing of the small openings where nerve roots exit the spinal column
Lateral Recess Stenosis: Narrowing of the back of the spinal canal where nerve roots initially branch off
Central Canal Stenosis: Narrowing of the main spinal canal houses and protects the spinal cord
Causes & contributing factors may include:
- Bone spurs
- Calcified spinal ligaments
- Degenerative disc disease
- Genetic disorder
- Herniated discs
- Inflamed nearby soft-tissue
- Ligament buckling or thickening
- Misaligned spinal vertebrae
- Spinal osteoarthritis
- You can have spinal stenosis and not have any pain or symptoms.
- Spinal stenosis usually occurs in people over the age of 50.
- There is no cure for spinal stenosis.
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