Spinal Stenosis Relief:
What is Spinal Stenosis? Symptoms, treatment and surgery.Are you looking for Spinal Stenosis Relief? Spinal stenosis pain is a very common finding with my physiotherapy clients.
I think it is frequently misdiagnosed during medical assessments: while many of my clients have been treated for a joint or muscle strain - they should be treated more specifically for spinal stenosis.
This condition can affect your neck (cervical), middle (thoracic) or lower (lumbar) back - and sometimes it affects all three. I find the lower back to be most common site for this complaint and it may also be accompanied by a combination of lower back and leg pain or bowel symptoms. The severity of these symptoms can vary between people.
In this section, we will look more closely at this condition. What are the sort of symptoms that you will feel or see? What are the alternative treatments to surgery? What sort of relief can you expect from Spinal Stenosis?
Lets start, however, by asking just What is Spinal Stenosis?
Spinal stenosis is where your spinal canal narrows and it compresses your spinal cord and nerves of your spine. It is commonly hereditary, but also a result of ongoing disc and joint problems. My own opinion is that it largely hereditary, but I have seen conditions of spinal stenosis arising from poorly managed joint and disc problems over years.
In simpler terms, imagine your spinal canal as a space between your spinal vertebrae and your spinal cord. If it gets impinged or narrowed by anything, it will affect the canal itself as well as surrounding structures. These structures are ligaments, discs, muscles and nerves.
Although this process can lead to many painful conditions, the one we are talking about here is spinal stenosis, where the canal itself is impinged and blocked causing pain in any extension positions. Extension positions are standing, walking and lying on your tummy.
I must also tell you that spinal stenosis can affect your neck, middle back or lower back. Sometimes it affects all three. The most common presentation of spinal stenosis is in the lower back and may present with lower back pain, leg pain or bowel symptoms. The severity of these symptoms varies from one person to the other but if extension related activities are the only aggravating factor in your ongoing back pain, it is one possible diagnosis to be considered.
Overall, spinal stenosis is very common indeed. I meet it at least twice a day in my physiotherapy practice and the management of spinal stenosis is effective and effective if it is diagnosed early. Seek professional advice and do not wait for the signs and symptoms to get severe before you seek help. Treatment is effective if diagnosed early, if not spinal stenosis surgery is often required.
Now, lets have a closer look at some other aspects of Spinal Stenosis:
The Symptoms are many - and may vary from person to person. I have listed the symptoms I see most often in association with spinal stenosis.
Read more about Spinal Stenosis Symptoms.
When you have been diagnosed - the next step is to see a physiotherapist/physical therapist who is specialised in this area.
Read more about Spinal Stenosis Treatment.
The severity and duration of your symptoms will dictate whether you have conservative or surgical intervention as your treatment of choice.
Read more about Spinal Stenosis Surgery.
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