Spinal stenosis occurs when the space in the spinal canal narrows, which is the area that consists of nerve branches and the spinal cord. If this area narrows, pressure is applied to the spinal cord and surrounding nerves, which can result in numbness, pain, and weakness throughout the spine. Spinal stenosis most commonly occurs in the neck (cervical spine) and lower back (lumbar spine) although it can also occur in the mid-back (thoracic spine.)
The most common causes of spinal stenosis is aging and injury. In some cases, Paget’s disease, arthritis, or tumors in the spine can be the cause of spinal stenosis. Other pre-existing conditions that spinal stenosis can be attributed to are:
Symptoms for spinal stenosis are dependent on your age, the severity of the condition, and its location. It typically affects the neck or lower back from the pressure that’s applied to the spinal cord or surrounding nerves. Indicators you may be suffering from spinal stenosis are:
If you think you are experiencing the symptoms of spinal stenosis, use our pain assessment tool to start your diagnosis.
Non-surgical treatment options are the recommended first steps to alleviating pain or discomfort for spinal stenosis. Treatment options include:
If non-surgical remedies don’t provide sufficient relief, surgery may be the best option to stabilize the canal space and spine. Robotic surgery is a cutting-edge technique that allows for more precise incisions, enhanced patient safety, and better outcomes. This minimally invasive procedure allows patients to recover more quickly than with traditional “open-back” surgery.
As with any spinal condition, it’s important to seek medical advice and treatment before the condition becomes too serious. Whether non-surgical or surgical treatment, the path to a pain-free life is waiting for you. Find the right treatment for you with our treatment finder assessment.