Frequent Questions Asked Concerning Spinal Stenosis
Spinal Stenosis can have very simple signs such as one simply having their back and legs feel better when they leaning on something that they do when standing independently. Which begs the question, what is Spinal Stenosis?
What is it?
Stenosis refers to a condition where certain areas of the back become narrowed. This condition leads to an increase in pressure on the spinal column or on one or multiple spinal nerves.
Who gets it?
It has a higher prevalence in both men and women over the age of 50. It may however be witnessed in the younger population and may be caused by injuries suffered to the spine or one may be born with a narrow spinal canal.
What causes Stenosis?
It is the narrowing of the spinal canal that ultimately leads to Lumbar Stenosis which may be congenital or be acquired as mentioned earlier. When one is born with a narrow spinal canal, it is referred to as congenital Stenosis. In some cases it is possible for one to have a curvature in the spine known as Scoliosis, which results in increased pressure on nerves in the back. Either of these two may lead to lumbar Stenosis.
There are also cases of acquired Stenosis. The most common of the ways to acquire Stenosis is those linked to degeneration as a result of aging. As one ages, it is only expected that the spinal structures experience changes as well. One may experience thickening of ligaments, joints and bones may also become enlarged as a result of wear and tear which may cause Stenosis.
Tumors on the spine can also increase pressure on it leading to Lumbar Stenosis.
Symptoms of Stenosis
This condition comes with a variety of symptoms. Different people will have different symptoms. The basic and most common symptoms include these.
Symptoms of spinal Stenosis tend to get worse or appear when one walks or stands upright. These symptoms will oftentimes lessen or disappear all together when one sits down or flexes their lower back. One may also notice a lessening of pain when they lean on something or walk with support because this causes the back to be a flexed position.
In cases of more sever Stenosis, patients may experience bowel and bladder functions and or weakness in their feet. This is when it becomes immediately necessary to visit Manago Chiropractic!
How can it be diagnosed?
The first step in any medical diagnosis will usually be a history of the patient and followed by a physical examination. Diagnostic procedures for Stenosis will include MRI and or a CT scans and x-ray to establish and confirm the narrowing of the spinal canal.
Having Lumbar Stenosis can cause worry that may come with uncertainty of not knowing what happens but with adequate information one acquires peace of mind. If one experiences the above symptoms, it is advised they visit a physician.