Although spinal stenosis is associated with aging, often affecting adults over the age of 50, it also affects up to 20% of adults under the age of 40. Regardless of your age, it leads to chronic lower back and neck pain that can be severe. Dr. Orlando Landrum at Cutting Edge Integrative Pain Centers is an expert in interventional pain management, providing treatments you won’t get from traditional medical practitioners. To learn more about treatment options for spinal stenosis, call the office in Elkhart, Indiana, or book an appointment online.
The vertebrae that make up your spine have an opening, the spinal canal, that creates a protected space for nerves traveling between your brain and the rest of your body. When the spinal canal becomes more narrow than usual, you have spinal stenosis.
Spinal stenosis may develop in your neck, where it’s called cervical spinal stenosis, and in your lower back, which is lumbar spinal stenosis.
You can inherit a tendency to develop spinal stenosis, but in most patients, the problem develops over time due to:
Over time, spinal discs dehydrate and start to degenerate. As a result, the gel-like inner part of the disc protrudes through the outer covering. The herniation may push into the spinal canal, which narrows the opening.
Degenerated discs and osteoarthritis often lead to bone spurs, which can cause spinal stenosis.
Ligaments that support your spine thicken and stiffen over time, and can potentially expand into the spinal canal.
When a disc slips out of place, it can quickly affect the spinal canal and cause stenosis.
Spinal stenosis may not cause symptoms if it doesn’t affect the nerves. In many cases, however, inflammation and pressure on the nerves in the narrowed spinal canal cause symptoms such as:
You may experience pain when you’re standing or walking, then find that it feels better when you bend forward or sit down.
Conservative treatment begins with medications to reduce inflammation and relieve your pain. Dr. Landrum specializes in interventional pain management, offering options that ease your pain when conservative treatment doesn’t help.
You have many treatment options at Cutting Edge Integrative Pain Centers, including:
Minimally invasive spine surgery is performed using one or two small incisions and without cutting or damaging muscles. As a result, your recovery is quick, you are in minimal pain, and there’s mild scarring.
When you have back pain or any symptom suggesting spinal stenosis, call Cutting Edge Integrative Pain Centers or book an appointment online.