Q & A
What is spinal stenosis?
Spinal stenosis is a condition in which spaces in your spine narrow, applying pressure to the nerves traveling through your spine. It typically occurs in your lower back and neck.
If you have spinal stenosis, your symptoms can range anywhere from pain, numbness, tingling or weakened muscles, and can intensify over time without medical attention.
There are two main types of spinal stenosis:
- Cervical stenosis: Narrowing in the part of your spine near your neck.
- Lumbar stenosis: Narrowing in the part of your spine in your lower back. It’s the more prevalent form of spinal stenosis.
What are symptoms of spinal stenosis?
Spinal stenosis symptoms vary from person to person and can worsen over time. Your symptoms will differ based on where the stenosis occurs, either your neck or your back.
For stenosis in your neck, symptoms include:
- Neck pain
- Numbness or tingling in your hands, arm, feet, or legs
- Weakness in your hand, arms, feet, or legs
- Difficulty walking and balancing
- Bladder issues or urinary incontinence
For stenosis in your lower back, symptoms include:
- Back pain
- Numbness or tingling in your feet or legs
- Weakness in your feet or legs
- Cramping in your legs while standing or walking
What causes spinal stenosis?
Your spinal bones create a canal to protect the nerves in your spinal cord. You can be born with a smaller than average spinal canal, but most cases of spinal stenosis occur when a condition arises that narrows the space of your spinal canal. Some common causes include:
- Herniated discs
- Bone spurs (overgrown bones)
- Spinal injuries (from car accidents, sports injuries, etc.)
How do you treat spinal stenosis?
Dr. Glaser discusses your medical history and symptoms and performs a thorough physical exam to help make a comprehensive diagnosis. He then determines the most effective type of treatment for your spinal stenosis, depending on a variety of factors, including the location of your stenosis and the severity of your signs and symptoms.
Treatment might include lower back or neck pain relief in the form of physical therapy or lifestyle modifications. In more severe cases, he may opt for minimally invasive treatments like frequency therapy. Surgery will only be recommended when absolutely necessary.
If you are concerned about lower back or neck pain, it’s better not to take a chance. Call or click ‘Book Online’ to schedule an appointment with Dr. Glaser to be one step closer to relief.