Spinal stenosis is often caused by degenerative spine conditions
Spinal stenosis occurs when the spinal canal begins to narrow and compresses the nerves in the spinal cord. While this is a common condition for people over the age of 50 due to the natural aging process, spinal stenosis can also be caused by a separate degenerative spine condition.
In order to accurately diagnose the cause of your spinal stenosis, it is necessary for you to consult your physician. He or she will likely order an MRI, which will be used to help diagnose your condition. Once a diagnosis has been made, you and your doctor can work together to create a treatment plan to alleviate your pain.
Degenerative spine conditions that can cause spinal stenosis
Degenerative spine conditions occur with the gradual loss of normal spine function over time. This could be caused by age, infection, injury or other occurrences that cause the integrity of the spine to be compromised. Many of these conditions result in the narrowing of the spinal canal, known as spinal stenosis. Some of the most common degenerative spine conditions are as follows:
Degenerative disc disease. This is the gradual deterioration of a disc or discs due to general aging or injury. When a spinal disc wears down, disc material can enter the small spaces in the spinal canal where nerves are located. When nerves are impacted by the disc material, local and radiating pain can occur.
Bulging discs. These are spinal discs that have become misshapen. These discs can protrude into the spinal canal, causing it to narrow. The nerves can become compressed and pain may occur.
Bone spurs. Often the result of osteoarthritis in the spinal canal, bone spurs are small growths on the vertebrae or joints of the spine. They may develop as joints in the spinal column deteriorate. Bone spurs can grow into the spinal canal, narrowing the open space in the spinal canal and pressing on the nerves.
Herniated discs. These are spinal discs that have broken open or ruptured due to wear and tear or injury. Disc material and fluid from herniated discs can cause the spinal canal to narrow and impact local nerves.
The most common location of degenerative spine conditions and resulting spinal stenosis is in the lumbar (lower back) portion of the spine. This is because the lumbar spine is responsible for supporting most of the body’s weight. As the natural aging process occurs, more weight is compressed on the vertebrae and discs in the lumbar spine, increasing the likelihood that a degenerative condition will develop.
Treatment options for degenerative spinal stenosis
Patients who have spinal stenosis caused by a degenerative spine condition may experience pain relief with our minimally invasive stabilization surgery. At USA Spine Care, we offer a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery.^ Our procedures have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief with a lower risk of infection and no lengthy recovery.^
For more information about our minimally invasive procedures, contact USA Spine Care. Ask to receive a free MRI review* to help us determine if you are a candidate for one of our procedures.
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If you're living with spinal stenosis in the upper spine and searching for relief, reach out to USA Spine Care for help. Our multidisciplinary team is dedicated to helping people develop the right care plan to reach treatment goals and achieve lasting relief.
Patients can expect recovery to last 4-6 weeks in most cases (depending on the complexity of your condition). People who choose minimally invasive spine surgery recover faster and get back to work sooner than those who choose open back surgery. Read more in the links below: Recovery After a ProcedureWhat to ExpectRecovery Times
Problems from anesthesia.
A deep infection in the surgical wound.
A skin infection.
Nerve injury, including weakness, numbness, or paralysis.
Tears in the fibrous tissue that covers the spinal cord and the nerve near the spinal cord. These tears may require more surgery.
Trouble passing urine, or loss of bladder or bowel control.
Long-term (chronic) pain, which happens after surgery in some cases.
The chance that the surgery won't relieve your symptoms. And even if you get better with surgery, there is a chance that you may get new symptoms in the future.
Death from problems caused by surgery, but this is rare.
^Results are typical, but not guaranteed, each patients experience with spine surgery will differ.
For more information, visit usaspinecare.com/results. The information contained on this website is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to serve as a replacement for a medical diagnosis.
*Our MRI review is an informational review of the MRI report that you provide to us and is not a form of diagnosis. A diagnosis and a final determination of whether you may benefit from treatment at USA Spine Care can only be made after you have been physically examined by our medical professionals at USA Spine Care. The MRI review has no value and will not be billed.