Is Spinal Stenosis The Reason For Your Back Pain?

Spinal Stenosis & Back Pain

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If you are suffering from pain in your neck or back, it could be spinal stenosis. Your spine protects your spinal cord and allows you to stand and bend. Spinal stenosis causes a narrowing in your spine causing back or neck pain, weakness or pain in your arms or legs and foot problems.

Who Gets Spinal Stenosis?

Spinal stenosis is most commonly found in men and women over 50 years old.  It may occur in younger people with a spine injury or who have a narrow spinal canal.  Arthritis and scoliosis can also cause spinal stenosis.

What are the Causes of Spinal Stenosis? 

There are various causes for spinal stenosis which include:

  • Arthritis
  • Aging
  • Heredity
  • Instability of the spine
  • Tumors of the spine
  • Trauma to the spine

What are the Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis?

The most common symptoms of spinal stenosis are back pain and pain in the legs or neck.  Spinal stenosis may pinch your nerves that control muscle power and sensation in your legs.  Other symptoms may include:

  • Difficulty or poor balance when walking, frequent falling, clumsiness
  • Pain and difficulty when walking
  • Tingling, numbness or hot and cold feelings in your legs

How do I Treat Spinal Stenosis?

Some of the common treatment options for spinal stenosis may include:

  • Lumbar brace
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic treatment
  • Surgery

Can I Prevent Spinal Stenosis?

Prevention should be the primary focus of spinal stenosis.  Making sure you are getting regular exercise and staying physically fit can contribute to a healthier spine by strengthening your back muscles.  Maintaining a healthy weight will also help to prevent spinal stenosis as it reduces the stress placed onto the spine.

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IMS Pain Management offers experienced, dedicated and advanced pain management care.  Spinal stenosis can be extremely painful.  If you have spinal stenosis, consult your doctor to find various treatment options to find relief today.