Central Phoenix, AZ

Conditions We Treat

Stenosis

There are various reasons you may be experiencing spinal issues that affect your daily life. Our spines are complex and change with us as we go from typically 33 vertebrae at birth to around 24 through adulthood. Spinal stenosis is a common condition that might be causing you problems as you grow as it develops typically over time.

guy having back pain during his morning run

What is Stenosis?

Spinal stenosis can most basically be described as a narrowing of the foramina or nerve passageway in the spine. Though stenosis is typically seen in people 50 or older you might have it develop via injury or based on factors at birth. Stenosis may worsen over time and if not treated quickly, so if you are experiencing symptoms it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible.

What Causes Stenosis?

There are a variety of causes for spinal stenosis including things like spinal deformity or cyst growths. That being said, the most common causes include:

  • Spinal Osteoarthritis, or the breakdown of cartilage covering the facet joints.
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Ligament Thickening for Buckling

Of course you might be suffering from one or more of these issues that lead to stenosis.

Symptoms of Stenosis

No one individual typically sees the same symptoms as the other. They can vary greatly but usually fall within pain, numbness, and weakness either individually or in combination. Pain is generally dull and confined to the neck or lower back but you might notice the numbness in your arm, leg, or other parts of your body. It’s not common, but you might have weakness independent of pain that will appear as reduced strength in your arms or legs.

matuman having a back pain during jogging

Treatment Options for Stenosis

It is important to seek treatment for stenosis as soon as you notice symptoms. Stenosis is a condition that can worsen over time. Treatment of stenosis can be ranging from physical therapy, medication, or even periods of rest. The team at AZBSC will make sure to find what treatment fits best for you that will get you back to your life and out of pain.

Frequently Asked Questions about Stenosis

1. Are there activities I should avoid when suffering from stenosis?
It is best that patients suffering from stenosis avoid long periods of walking or standing and high impact exercises such as contact sports or jogging.

2. Is there a cure for Stenosis?
Though you can alleviate the pain of stenosis, there is no current permanent cure.

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