Stenosis is a Greek term meaning “narrowing or constricting space”. This occurs in the spinal column where the spinal cord, nerve roots and vertebrae are located. Stenosis is a condition where the openings in the spine get smaller and pinch your spinal cord or spinal nerves. It can occur anywhere in the spine; however, 2 most common areas stenosis occurs are in the neck a low back. It’s more common in the lumbar, but tends to be a bigger problem when it’s in the cervical. Contact the Illinois Back Institute to learn about your spinal stenosis treatment options.

Symptoms Associated with Spinal Stenosis:

  • If experienced in the neck or cervical spine
    • Numbness
    • Tingling or weakness in a leg, foot or hand
    • Pain in neck, back, shoulders and arms
    • Cramping of the arms
    • Loss of coordination in the arms and hands
    • Balance problems
    • In severe cases nerves to the bladder or bowel can be affected
  • If experienced in the lower back or lumbar spine
    • Lower back pain.
    • Cramping in the legs when standing for a long period of time.
    • Walking or foot problems. Unable to walk long distances.
    • Radiating pain with numbness, tingling and weakness in one or both legs.
    • Stiffness in thighs.
    • Loss of balance.
    • Certain positions can affect the pain in your legs or feet.
    • Standing and bending backward can make the pain worsen.  Patients are usually more comfortable when they bend forward due to the increased space in the spinal canal.

What Causes Spinal Stenosis:

  • Age: As you grow older, you discs dehydrate and start to shrink. You can use functional disc rehyrdration to expand and hyrdrate your discs which helps alleviate your pain
  • Arthritis of the spine: Usually occurs is middle-aged or elderly people
  • Bone diseases: Most common is Paget’s disease and achondroplasia
  • Spinal birth defects: Sometimes people are born with a defect or growth in their spinal also called congenital defect
  • Herniated or slipped discs: Typically these have happened in the past and are now causing stenosis to occur
  • Spinal injuries: Cause pressure to be placed on the nerve roots or spinal cord
  • Tumors: Your spine can develop tumors similar to the rest of your body. When this happens, spinal stenosis can occur

A Success Spinal Stenosis Treatment Without Surgery:

If you’re suffering from spinal stenosis, you’re not alone–many people suffer from this painful condition. The good news is many have gotten rid of it for good!  If you’re suffering from sciatica, schedule a free back consultation with us today and learn about your spinal stenosis treatment options in Illinois.