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Spinal Stenosis Explained

Last updated 2 years ago

Do your limbs occasionally go numb? Do you suffer from chronic back pain? Both conditions may indicate the presence of spinal stenosis, a condition that puts excessive pressure on the spinal cord and nearby nerve roots. Though a painful condition, spinal stenosis is also a treatable one. The Florida Spine and Neuro Center at Largo Medical Center offers comprehensive symptom management and treatment for Pinellas County residents suffering from spinal stenosis.

Warning Signs

Spinal stenosis can produce varying symptoms in sufferers according to where the area of compression occurs. As mentioned, some individuals might feel the effects of this condition in their extremities. If spinal stenosis takes place at a part of the spine that controls arm or leg sensation and coordination, it may produce chronic weakness or numbness in one or more limbs. Spinal stenosis is also a common cause of back discomfort. Pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots can cause painful sensations along the spinal column.

Causes

Many individuals with spinal stenosis have a primary condition that leads to this secondary problem. For instance, disc herniation can cause spinal stenosis. If the inner core of an intervertebral disc protrudes beyond its exterior and presses on nearby nerve fibers, it can produce pain, body weakness, and other symptoms. Conditions such as scoliosis, which produces an unnatural curvature of the spine, can also make the vertebrae press upon the spinal cord and nearby nerves. Spinal stenosis experts note that some individuals may also have a genetic propensity for spinal stenosis if their parents have small spinal canals.

Treatment Options

Determining the root cause of spinal stenosis is imperative to providing successful treatment for it. For mild conditions, physicians may recommend only medication to alleviate pain. If a condition such as disc herniation is contributing to the problem, physical therapy may also be necessary. When pain and limb weakness are severe, surgery may be the best option to reduce pressure in the afflicted spinal region.

If you’re suffering from persistent back pain, call the Florida Spine & Neuro Center at Largo Medical Center can help. Our spine and neurological experts can quickly identify the cause of your discomfort and create a course of treatment to eliminate it. To find out more about the services we offer, call (727) 470-6826.

 

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