Orthopedic Treatment For Spinal Stenosis

by Administrator 29. November 2014 04:19

Spinal Stenosis is a medical condition causing contraction in the open spaces within the spine and thus putting pressure on the nerves and the spinal cord. Spinal Stenosis can be most commonly seen in the cervical or lumbar spine. The compression of the nerve root in Spinal Stenosis can also lead to pain at the rear part of the leg.

Causes

  • Bony Growth: Degeneration of the spinal vertebrae can lead to the formation of bony growths into the spinal canal. Another cause of overgrowth of spinal canal can be Paget’s disease.
  • Herniated Discs: The discs that provide cushioning and protect your spinal vertebrae tend to dry off with age. Cracks in the outer part of the disc can allow the inner matter to come out and put strain on the spinal cord.
  • Thickened Ligaments: The ligaments that help to hold the spinal bones together tend to become rigid over time and may cause a lump in the spinal canal.
  • Spinal Tumors: Abnormal tissue growths can directly affect the spinal canal by causing inflammation or by growth within the spinal passage.
  • Trauma: Injuries or accidents may either cause the spine to dislocate or cause fractures that result in bone fragments penetrating the spinal canal.

Symptoms

  • Low back pain
  • Pain at the rear of the leg
  • Pinching sensation in the legs
  • Difficulty and pain while walking
  • Clumsiness and frequent falling
  • Numbness and tingling sensation in the legs, feet, hands and arms
  • Abnormal bladder and bowel function
  • Pain radiating down to the legs

Treatment

The spine specialist may recommend the following treatment options for Spinal Stenosis:

  • Postural changes: People with this condition may find relief by leaning headlong while walking in order to stretch the spine. Lying with the knees lifted up to the level of the chest may also help ease the pain. These stretching positions help to widen the space available to the spinal nerves and make it easier for the people with Spinal Stenosis to walk.
  • Anti-inflammatory medications: The patient may also be prescribed certain over the counter non-steroidal medicines to relieve the symptoms caused due to inflammatory swelling in the spinal canal.
  • Rest: Taking ample rest and resuming the previous activities gradually can also help relieve pain. The orthopedic doctor may also recommend certain aerobic activities such as bicycling depending on the patient’s condition.
  • Surgery: If the symptoms do not subside with other treatment options, surgery might be needed to release the pressure from the spinal cord and affected nerves.

For complete diagnosis and treatment of Spinal Stenosis in Carrolton, TX, visit Dr. Guess. To schedule an appointment with the spine surgeon, call at (972) 492 - 1334.

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