“Stenosis” means abnormal narrowing of a passage within the body. Spinal stenosis is a common condition that develops when spaces in the spine begin to narrow. This can cause nearby spinal nerve roots to become compressed, which may lead to chronic nerve pain, physical dysfunction, and other problems. Spinal stenosis usually develops in the neck or lower back, but it can affect any area of the spine.
Why does spinal stenosis happen? Advancing age is a leading risk factor, since repetitive mechanical strain, “wear and tear,” and degenerative changes in the spine can lead to bony overgrowths of the spine. Other potential causes of spinal stenosis include genetic predisposition, spinal trauma, and other diseases that affect muscles and bones in the spine.
Integrated Pain Solutions uses minimally invasive techniques to alleviate spinal stenosis pain. If you live in the Columbus, Ohio area – or elsewhere in Ohio – and are struggling with spinal stenosis, please call us: (614) 383-6450.
Sometimes, evidence of spinal stenosis can show up on medical imaging studies even if a person doesn’t have symptoms. But if a person’s spinal stenosis advances to the point of compressing a spinal nerve root, a number of signs and symptoms can develop. Key signs to look out for include:
Signs of spinal stenosis vary from mild to intense and tend to get worse over time. In more advanced cases, a person may notice problems with balance and bowel and bladder control.
A variety of treatments exist that can help alleviate spinal stenosis symptoms and improve mobility. These treatments may include physical therapy, nerve block injections, and mild® – a patented procedure in which excess ligament is removed via a tiny incision in the back. The Vertiflex implant is a new outpatient procedure that is effective in treating spinal stenosis of the lumbar spine.
With treatment, many patients experience significant improvement.
Integrated Pain Solutions specializes in helping patients who have chronic pain. Complete the form below, or call today to schedule your consultation: (614) 383-6450.