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Conditions We Treat

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis is a medical condition characterized by the narrowing of spaces within your spine, which can exert pressure on the nerves that travel through the spine. This condition often occurs in the lower back and the neck. The most common cause of spinal stenosis is osteoarthritis, which is the gradual wear and tear of your joints over time.

Although spinal stenosis can cause significant pain and discomfort, it’s highly treatable with the right approach. If you’re struggling with pain from spinal stenosis, our team of spinal care experts can determine the most effective, customized treatment plan for you.

Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis

Symptoms vary depending on the location and severity of the narrowing, but common symptoms include:

  • Pain in the back or neck
  • Numbness, tingling, or weakness in the arms or legs
  • Reduced physical endurance
  • Difficulty with balance

Some individuals may not experience any symptoms, whereas others could face significant impairment. If you’re experiencing persistent pain in your legs or back, numbness, or muscle weakness, especially when walking or standing, these could be signs of spinal stenosis. Our comprehensive diagnostic process ensures an accurate diagnosis so we can effectively choose the best spinal stenosis treatment for you.

Who is Affected by Spinal Stenosis?

While spinal stenosis can affect anyone, it most commonly presents itself in individuals over the age of 50 and can be attributed to the natural degenerative changes of the spine over time. Back pain sufferers, those with previous spinal injuries, and individuals experiencing early symptomatic stages might also be affected.

While spinal stenosis typically affects the elderly due to the natural degeneration of the spine over time or individuals who’ve experienced spinal injuries, athletes – particularly football players – may also be susceptible. Additionally, in young athletes, lumbar spinal stenosis can result from aggravated structural deformities such as spondylolisthesis, kyphosis, scoliosis, or disc herniation. Understanding who is impacted and why allows for targeted, more effective treatments.

Spinal Stenosis Treatment Options

At Spine Team Texas, our dedicated approach to treating spinal stenosis encompasses a range of options tailored to your unique health needs:

  • Conservative Treatments: Including physical therapy and targeted exercises, medications, and lifestyle adjustments
  • Interventional Therapies: Such as epidural injections for pain management and relief
  • Surgical Procedures: Reserved for severe cases where non-invasive methods prove insufficient, including minimally invasive surgeries like decompression or spinal fusion procedures

Frequently Asked Questions about Spinal Stenosis

Q: Is spinal stenosis the same as a slipped disc or sciatica?
A: No, while they can share similar symptoms, they are different conditions. A slipped disc refers to a disc that has protruded out of its normal position, while sciatica is a specific type of pain that radiates along the sciatic nerve. Spinal stenosis is specifically the narrowing of the spinal canal.

Q: Can exercise improve my spinal stenosis symptoms?
A: Exercise can be beneficial but should be approached carefully and under professional guidance to avoid exacerbating symptoms.

Q: When is surgery for spinal stenosis considered?
A: Surgery may be considered if there is evidence of nerve damage or if symptoms severely impact quality of life and do not improve with conservative treatments.

Q: Is spinal stenosis only a concern for older adults?
A: While it is more common in the elderly due to natural degeneration, younger individuals with certain medical conditions or a history of spinal injury can also be at risk.

At Spine Team Texas, we’re committed to providing accurate, up-to-date, and useful information to our clients and patients. For more detailed information and assistance with spinal stenosis, contact us or schedule a consultation with one of our specialists today

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