Spinal stenosis is a common condition that causes the narrowing of the spinal canal, leading to compression of the nerves in the spine. This can result in pain, weakness, and numbness in the legs, back, and buttocks. Summit Integrated Health provides comprehensive care to alleviate symptoms and improve the quality of life for those affected by spinal stenosis.
The Spinal Anatomy
The spine, or the vertebral column, comprises 33 individual bones called vertebrae. These bones are stacked on top of each other and are separated by cushioning discs. The spinal cord, a bundle of nerves that runs from the brain to the lower back, is housed in the spinal canal, which is formed by the vertebrae. The spinal cord transmits signals between the brain and the rest of the body, controlling movement, sensation, and reflexes.
What is Spinal Stenosis?
Spinal stenosis is where the spinal canal, which encases the spinal cord and nerve roots, narrows and compresses the spinal cord or nerves. The narrowing may be caused by the degeneration of spinal discs, the thickening of ligaments, or the growth of bone spurs. Spinal stenosis can occur in any part of the spine, including the neck and lower back. The condition results in pain, numbness, and weakness in the arms, legs, back, and buttocks.
- Degenerative changes in the spine due to aging
- Herniated or bulging discs
- Thickening of ligaments in the spine
- Bone spurs or abnormal bone growth
- Spinal injuries or trauma
- Inherited conditions that affect the spine
- Tumors in the spine
- Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis
- Infections or abscesses in the spine
In some cases, spinal stenosis may be present at birth or develop as a complication of other medical conditions, such as scoliosis or Paget’s disease. Certain lifestyle factors, such as poor posture, lack of exercise, and obesity, can also contribute to spinal stenosis. Our healthcare provider can determine the underlying cause of spinal stenosis and recommend appropriate treatment options.
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If you are experiencing the symptoms of spinal stenosis, don’t wait to seek treatment. At Summit Integrated Health, our multidisciplinary team of healthcare providers is dedicated to helping patients with spinal stenosis manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life. We offer personalized treatment options that address each patient’s unique needs, focusing on holistic, non-surgical interventions. Schedule a consultation to learn how we can help you return to doing what you love.