Sometimes, age or disease interferes with the function of the spine. One such interference is spinal stenosis, a condition that puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerves within the spine. Without treatment, it can be severely detrimental to health and mobility.
Learn more about spinal stenosis and the associated symptoms below.
Spinal Stenosis Types and Symptoms
First, what exactly is spinal stenosis?
By definition, spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal. It commonly occurs in the neck and lower back and is most often associated with the degenerative effects of old age. It can also be a congenital disease. Spinal stenosis in the lower back is lumbar spinal stenosis, and in the neck, it is cervical stenosis.
So what are the symptoms?
With lumbar spinal stenosis, spinal nerve roots in the lower back are compressed. This can cause the following symptoms:
- Tingling, weakness, or numbness that radiates from the lower back
- Leg pain with walking
- Reduced pain when sitting down / with rest
If the spinal stenosis is cervical, those affected may experience the following:
- Stiffness, pain, or numbness in the neck, shoulders, arms, hands, or legs
- Balance and coordination problems
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
In either case, spinal stenosis symptoms often develop slowly over time and typically come and go rather than being continuous.
Spinal Stenosis Treatment at Neck & Back Medical Center
At Neck and Back Medical Center, back pain management is one the main conditions we treat. Spinal stenosis treatment methods vary, but physical therapy is the best alternative to drugs or surgery. At Neck & Back Medical Center, our team will put together a physical therapy rehabilitation plan that combats your symptoms and prevents them from returning in the future.
Stop in at our clinic in Laguna Hills, California to learn more about our team and treatment options or schedule a complimentary consultation today. We look forward to helping all of our patients achieve their maximum comfort level and functioning.