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About Spinal Stenosis

Uncomfortable Narrowing of the Spinal Canal

Degenerative spine disorders are caused by the natural aging processes of the human body. One of the most common degenerative spinal conditions is spinal stenosis, which occurs when the open spaces in the spinal vertebrae begin to narrow. The minimally invasive spine surgeons at miVIP are very familiar with this degenerative disease and offer highly-effective treatment options to relieve pain and improve life quality for those affected by the condition.

Depending on the severity of the condition and its location, pain may vary from mild to excruciating. Spinal canal narrowing that occurs in the neck is referred to cervical stenosis, while narrowing that occurs in the lower back is called lumbar stenosis.

Is Spinal Stenosis Common?

The most common form of stenosis is the lumbar form, with approximately 9 percent of the population affected by the condition. As baby boomers age, research shows that approximately 2.5 million of them will develop lumbar stenosis by the year 2021. If you have symptoms of the condition, our minimally invasive spine surgeons may be able to relieve much of your pain.

Causes of Stenosis

Common causes of stenosis in the spine include:

  • Age: Spinal discs are more likely to herniate and dry out when a person reaches an advanced age. The natural aging process can also lead to bone spurs that can compress the spine and make it more susceptible to spinal stenosis.
  • Heredity: Some conditions that commonly lead to stenosis are passed down through the genes, including structural deformities and narrow spinal canals.
  • Trauma: Accidents may cause spinal fragments and dislocation that can cause spinal narrowing and lead to stenosis. The minimally invasive spine surgeons at miVIP may be able to effectively treat spinal narrowing due to trauma before it develops into advanced stages of stenosis.
  • Tumors: Spinal tumors can cause inflammation that restricts the spinal canal and creates ideal conditions for the development of stenosis.

Common Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis

Some of the most common stenosis symptoms treated by minimally invasive spine surgeons include:

  • Numbness, weakness, or tingling sensations in the hands, arms, feet, or legs, depending on the affected area of the spine. In severe cases, patients who have developed cervical stenosis may experience incontinence.
  • Cramping and pain in the legs that grows worse while standing or walking and subsides while sitting or bending forward.

Treatment Options

Your doctor may recommend one of the following treatment options for spinal stenosis:

  • Medication: Prescription pain relievers and relaxants can control pain associated with the disease.
  • Therapy: Exercises and stretches can help to improve balance, maintain spinal flexibility, and increase spinal strength.
  • Surgery: Minimally invasive spine surgeons may be able to effectively treat severe stenosis of the spine by performing a foraminotomy or laminectomy.

Long Term Prognosis

Most patients who receive a laminectomy to treat stenosis of the spine report a positive outcome.

Find Out More

To find out more about your treatment options, schedule a consultation with miVIP today by calling 877.956.2263.

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