Spinal stenosis is a condition in which the open canal of your spine narrows and closes down. This narrowing can put pressure on the spinal nerves resulting in significant pain. The narrowing can also create compression on the spinal cord, causing weakness in the arms and legs. The most common causes of spinal stenosis are disc herniations, bone spurs, and overgrowth of the facet joints, which narrow the space available for your nerves.
Stenosis of the spine is more common in the neck (the cervical region) or the low back (the lumbar region). As a result, symptoms are often found in these two areas, and can include any of the following tingling, weakness, or numbness in the extremities; leg cramps; pain in the neck, back or legs. Severe cases, when the narrowing causes nerve damage, can also include loss of movement and loss of bladder control.
Spinal Stenosis Treatment in Minnesota
Treatment for spinal stenosis generally begins with conservative, non-surgical options such as NSAIDs and other pain control medication; physical therapy and non-surgical injections. However, these treatment options may only provide temporary pain relief. A minimally invasive surgical procedure to open up the spaces in the spine (thus reducing the narrowing and freeing up any pinched nerves) is often the preferred option for long-term pain relief.
Twin Cities Spine Surgeons
Contact Midwest Spine & Brain Institute at 1.800.353.7720 to schedule a complete evaluation of your condition. Our St. Paul spine experts will work with you to provide a treatment plan to help you return to an active life.