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Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spaces within your spine, which can put pressure on the nerves that travel through the spine. This condition often occurs in the lower back and the neck.

How It Develops

Spinal stenosis primarily results from age-related changes in the spine, such as osteoarthritis, thickened ligaments, or herniated discs. Congenital spinal conditions, tumors, and injuries can also lead to the development of spinal stenosis.

Recognizing the Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis

  • Persistent back or neck pain
  • Numbness or tingling in the extremities
  • Weakness in the legs or arms
  • Difficulty walking or maintaining balance
  • Pain that worsens with prolonged standing or walkin

Who It Affects

While spinal stenosis can affect individuals of any age, it is most commonly seen in adults over 50. Factors that increase the risk include genetic predisposition, previous spinal injuries, and conditions such as scoliosis or ankylosing spondylitis.

Impact on Daily Life

Living with spinal stenosis can be challenging. The pain and discomfort can limit mobility, making everyday activities like walking, bending, or lifting difficult. Over time, untreated spinal stenosis can lead to more severe complications, including chronic pain and permanent nerve damage.

Navigating the Risks of Untreated Spinal Stenosis

Ignoring spinal stenosis can lead to significant complications. Persistent pressure on the spinal nerves can cause severe pain, loss of sensation, and muscle weakness. In extreme cases, it can result in paralysis or loss of bladder and bowel control.

Schedule an Appointment

If you suspect spinal stenosis, early diagnosis and treatment are crucial. Schedule an appointment with our expert spine surgeons for a comprehensive evaluation and personalized treatment plan.