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What is Spinal Stenosis?
Spinal Stenosis is a medical condition that occurs when the open spaces within the spinal column become narrowed or compressed. This narrowing can lead to nerve compression, resulting in severe pain. Each vertebra contains an opening at the back that is part of the spinal canal, allowing the spinal cord to run through these spaces in the thoracic and lumbar regions of the spine. These spaces also provide a path for nerve roots to travel from the spine to other parts of the body. Spinal stenosis typically affects the cervical or lumbar regions of the spine, and the resulting compression of important nerves can cause widespread pain that may radiate to other areas of the body.
How will I know if I have spinal stenosis?
The symptoms of spinal stenosis can vary depending on the location and severity of the condition. Patients may experience pain, weakness, tingling, or numbness in the arms or legs, as well as problems with their balance. Spinal stenosis of the lumbar spine can also cause sciatica, a painful sensation that travels through the buttocks and down the legs. In severe cases, patients may develop bowel or bladder control problems. If your doctor suspects that you have spinal stenosis, they will perform a physical exam and order imaging tests such as X-rays, MRI, CT scans, electromyogram, or bone scans to determine the root cause of your pain. Spinal stenosis can be caused by various factors, such as excess bone growth, herniated disc, tumors, thickened spinal ligaments, or osteoarthritis. These tests will help your doctor diagnose the condition accurately and provide the appropriate treatment.