Stenosis refers to a narrowing of the spinal canal, which in turn pinches the nearby nerves. You can develop stenosis in your lower back or neck following an injury. However, it’s most often caused by conditions such as:
Stenosis occurs as these conditions protrude into the spinal canal, compress nerves, and cause inflammation.
Stenosis may cause symptoms in your back and radiate down your legs, or in your neck, where the symptoms can also affect your arms and hands. You may experience:
If stenosis compresses the sciatic nerve, you develop sciatica, which is known for causing a shooting, electric-shock pain through one leg.
Treatment for spinal stenosis begins with nonsurgical therapies. Your customized treatment plan may include options such as medications, exercise, or physical therapy.
Carefully designed exercises relieve the pain and improve your mobility. However, if your pain prevents you from engaging in therapeutic activities, your provider may recommend pain-relieving treatments such as epidural steroid injections and spinal cord stimulation.
If your pain persists despite more conservative therapies, your provider at Beaufort Orthopaedic Sports & Spine may recommend one of the following surgical procedures to repair the problem causing your stenosis:
To get help for ongoing back or neck pain, call Beaufort Orthopaedic Sports & Spine or schedule an appointment online.