Spinal Stenosis: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment Options

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What is Spinal Stenosis?

Spinal stenosis is the condition when an area in your spine begins to narrow and the narrowing puts pressure on spinal nerves or directly on the spinal cord. Often times, spinal stenosis can cause pain or numbness in your legs, back, neck, shoulders or arms, and cause problems with bladder or bowel function.  Mild symptoms of spinal stenosis are often times helped by conservative, non-surgical treatments. In more severe cases, surgery may be recommended.

Causes of Spinal Stenosis

Many Americans suffer from the condition known as spinal stenosis. While arthritis is a common cause of spinal stenosis, other causes include:

  • Aging
  • Degenerative joint disease of the spine
  • Disc herniation
  • Spondylolithesis
  • Trauma

Spinal Stenosis Symptoms

Symptoms of spinal stenosis vary and are dependent on the location of the stenosis. Common symptoms include:

  • Leg pain when standing or walking
  • Back pain radiating though the buttock and hip down to the leg
  • Neck pain radiating through the shoulder and down the arm
  • Numbness or tingling in your leg, foot, arm or hand
  • Loss of balance
  • Loss of bowel or bladder function

Treating Spinal Stenosis

In many cases, conservative non-surgical treatments can effectively treat spinal stenosis. For more severe cases, surgery may be recommended. Acute loss of bowel or bladder function is usually considered a medical emergency and requires immediate surgical intervention.  Dr. Haq has the experience and expertise to properly diagnose the condition and recommend conservative non-surgical treatments. Conservative treatments include:

  • Physical therapy and stretching programs
  • Ice or heat
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Prescription pain medications
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • TENS

We Are Accepting New Patients

If you have spinal stenosis, or are experiencing chronic back pain, schedule a consultation by calling us at (214) 618-0853.

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