What is a Spinal Canal Stenosis?
Spinal Canal Stenosis is the narrowing of the spine or narrowing of a body channel, causing a shocking sensation on the nerves and spinal cord (Neurogenic Claudication). Spinal Canal Stenosis occurs in the cervical spine or the lumbar spine. Usually, people in their 50s or older suffer from this condition, and it can present itself with neck and arm pain or back and leg pain. The symptoms of Spinal Canal Stenosis can be unilateral or bilateral, and they can depend on the severity of the spinal canal narrowing and claudication level. Spinal Canal Stenosis can affect someone's life gradually and become life-altering and very painful.
What is the cause of Spinal Canal Stenosis?
Spinal Canal Stenosis may cause a bony encroachment or a bulging herniated disk. The encroachment can be centrally or laterally and congenital in origin or acquired. As a result, signs and symptoms can vary; leg complaints also occur when the condition is in a more severe case. Congenitally, a trefoil shape of the spinal canal leads to the central canal and lateral stenosis. Pedicogenic Stenosis is due to anatomically short pedicles (a section of bone that connects the front and back of a vertebra). Acquired Stenosis is due to bony outgrowths from the facets, degenerative spondylolisthesis, hypertrophied ligamentum flavum, or a disc disorder.
What are the symptoms of Spinal Canal Stenosis?
- When it occurs in the lumbar spine, the patient complains of back pain and leg pain while walking.
- Leg pain can include numbness, weakness, sharpshooting, muscle spasm, and achiness.
- Generally, patients suffering from lumbar Spinal Canal Stenosis are limited in how far they can walk and how much pain they're in when they wake up, which affects their lifestyle.
When Spinal Canal Stenosis occurs in the Cervical spine
- Neck pain with arm weakness and pain, this can be on one side or bilaterally.
- Muscle spasm or numbness occurs in the affected area
- The symptoms can affect work, exercise, and activities of daily living.
How to care for Spinal Canal Stenosis?
At Manhattan Wellness Group, when patients are presented with back pain resembling Spinal Stenosis. Our doctors will do the proper neurologic and orthopedic examinations and send the patient for an X-ray or MRI test. They will discover the real reason for the pain and determine the Spinal Canal Stenosis severity if present.
Our Medical Pain Management Interventionist under Dr. Farag will use Trpts therapy, localized steroidal or non-steroidal injections, or even an epidural if needed. All in the purpose of reducing inflammation and swollenness of the nerve roots affected by the Spinal Canal Stenosis.
Our Chiropractic department has developed a very successful non-surgical treatment for Spinal Canal Stenosis. Dr. Rashad Trabulsi and Dr. Alex Kazhdan has helped many patients with Spinal Stenosis who had only surgery as an alternative to their pain and suffering. Here at Manhattan Wellness Group, we care about your health and well-being.
If you or someone you love starts to exhibit symptoms or have been diagnosed with this condition, give us a call today.