Spinal stenosis is an inflammation of the spinal canal that places pressure on the spinal column. Its symptoms include pain, difficulty walking, and maintaining balance. For people with the condition, surgery may help relieve the pressure. The procedure involves cutting the bone growths causing the spinal stenosis to relieve the symptoms and restore normal spinal function.
Spinal stenosis causes pressure on the spinal column.
Spinal stenosis occurs when the spinal canal narrows and puts pressure on the spinal cord and related structures. The condition is progressive and usually causes pain in one or several locations. It may also be accompanied by numbness and tingling. The pain may be worse when walking or leaning forward. Fortunately, treatment is available and can help with symptoms.
This condition is caused by several factors, including degenerative changes in bone structure. For example, a herniated or bulging disk may compress the nerves, which results in spinal stenosis. In addition, bone spurs and thickened ligaments may enlarge and crowd nerves. If you’re experiencing symptoms, rest and stretches may help. Treatment of spinal stenosis depends on its severity and how long you’ve had it.
If you experience symptoms of spinal stenosis, the first step toward treatment is education. Physical therapy may help you learn safe movements and strengthen the muscles that support the lower back. Exercise can also help keep your back flexible and reduce your pain. But always consult with your healthcare provider before starting any exercise program. Likewise, using an assistive device, such as a wheelchair, may benefit you.
Inflammation of the spinal canal
Stenosis is a condition in which the spinal canal becomes narrow. It can result from several conditions, including a congenital disability called congenital spinal stenosis, a disease of the posterior longitudinal ligament (PLL), or calcium deposits. Symptoms of this condition can range from mild to severe.
Lumbar canal stenosis is caused by spinal canal narrowing and nerve tunnels. The narrowing can occur due to aging or movement of vertebrae out of alignment. This narrowing can cause pressure on a nerve root in the spinal cord, which results in inflammation. The narrowing of the spinal canal can further irritate the nerves, leading to a range of problems, including pain in the buttocks.
This condition is a complication of AS, a disease that causes inflammation in the spinal canal and wears down bones in the spine. Spinal stenosis can also result from excessive bone replacement in the body. This spinal canal narrowing is often accompanied by back pain and difficulty walking. It can also be a symptom of scoliosis or other medical conditions.
Neurogenic claudication due to stenosis is a condition that occurs in the lower extremities. Symptoms include pain, weakness, and burning. It can also affect walking ability. The goal of treatment is to reduce pain and improve the quality of life. Treatment options include surgery and physiotherapy.
Despite the many available treatments, no treatment is a reliable cure for lumbar spinal stenosis. To date, no randomized controlled trials have significantly improved the condition. The most effective treatments are physical therapies and exercise. However, randomized trials of a particular therapy are not always reliable. Therefore, future research should focus on the clinical criteria to define a treatment.
Neurogenic claudication due to lumbar spinal stenosis is a common condition affecting the elderly. The incidence of neurogenic claudication due to stenosis is expected to grow dramatically over the next 20 years, affecting healthcare resources. Surgical intervention is often the only option if nonoperative therapies fail.