Back pain can be caused by many different problems, including spinal stenosis. Considered a degenerative issue, spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal. Dr. Casas has expertise in this area and can help relieve the pain that comes with this condition. Make an appointment online or call today to learn more about treatments for spinal stenosis.
Spinal stenosis occurs when the spaces between the bones in the back narrow, often the result of osteoarthritis. It can also be caused by herniated discs or a thickening of the ligaments holding the spine together. A tumor can also cause spinal stenosis.
But this problem is also part of the aging process, a result of degeneration of the spine that naturally occurs. For this reason, spinal stenosis is a condition that mostly affects people over age 50.
Spinal stenosis can occur in the lower back, (lumbar region) or in the neck, (cervical area.) Lumbar is by far the most common type of spinal stenosis.
While spinal stenosis does provoke certain reactions in patients, some do not exhibit symptoms. Nevertheless, when they do occur, they tend to worsen over time.
If the stenosis is in the cervical spine, in the neck area, you may experience:
If the spinal stenosis is in your back, symptoms may include:
As always, Dr. Casas takes a conservative approach, viewing surgery as the last resort. After making a clinical diagnosis supported by imaging, and potential electrodiagnostic testing, Dr. Casas discusses the most minimally invasive options for treating your symptoms and getting you back to your optimal lifestyle.
Physical therapy is also a key part of the treatment plan. The pain of stenosis can cause you to become inactive, which just further weakens your muscles. With the help of a skilled physical therapist, you can learn exercises that will help build up your strength and endurance, maintain the flexibility and stability of your spine, and improve your balance.
Dr. Casas may have other suggestions that can help. Get in touch with Dr. Casas at Comprehensive NeuroSpine by phone or online for more information.