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It can be overwhelming to learn that your chronic neck or back pain is caused by spinal stenosis. This degenerative spine condition develops gradually over time, eventually leading to unexpected chronic neck or back pain. We, at USA Spine Care, give high priority to educating our patients about their various conditions, symptoms and treatment options.
USA Spine Care’s collection of spinal stenosis articles
To help answer some questions you might have about spinal stenosis, we have put together the following spinal stenosis articles for review:
Spinal canal stenosis causes
The important thing to understand about spinal canal stenosis is that it is usually a result of nothing more than the unavoidable aging process. With aging, the spinal anatomy deteriorates. Conditions like degenerative disc disease, the development of bone spurs, spondylolisthesis and facet disease develop. When these conditions result in the narrowing of the central vertebral canal, the spinal cord and various nerve roots may become irritated, producing a variety of related symptoms. In all, spinal stenosis can cause a number of symptoms, such as neck or back pain, pain that radiates along an affected nerve like sciatica, numbness, tingling or even unexpected muscle weakness.
Spinal canal stenosis treatments
Treatment may be directed at symptom suppression or symptom cause correction. Treatment selection depends on factors such as patient desires, risks of treatment, side effects of treatment and treatment effectiveness. Condition factors influencing treatment choice include the location of the spinal canal stenosis, the severity of symptoms and result of leaving the condition untreated. Treatment should begin with as little bodily invasion or disruption as possible.
Initial treatment often consists of a series of conservative techniques, such as pain medication, anti-inflammatories, physical therapy, range of motion exercises and heat massage. However, if your pain persists for several weeks or months of conservative care, more aggressive treatment may be required. The focus of treatment must change from noninvasive suppression of symptoms to more invasive correction of the cause of symptoms, in the form of minimally invasive spine surgery. Reach out to our dedicated team to determine if you are a candidate for minimally invasive spinal canal stenosis surgery.
Accomplishing an effective, more invasive treatment while maintaining the least disruptive course of action is the fundamental idea upon which USA Spine Care was conceived and developed. The physicians at USA Spine Care have perfected highly successful minimally invasive procedures for the treatment of spinal stenosis and many other spinal conditions. Contact us today to schedule a no-cost MRI review* to determine if our procedures would be effective in relieving your spinal canal stenosis.
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