Spinal stenosis is a disorder of the spine that can result in pain and numbness. There are many different underlying medical conditions that cause spinal stenosis. Your pain management doctor will usually perform imaging tests to diagnose the condition, and then discuss your treatment options with you, which may include medications and physical therapy. Here’s a closer look at the specific causes of spinal stenosis and the typical symptoms associated with it:
Causes of Spinal Stenosis
Normally, your vertebral canal allows plenty of space for your spinal cord and cauda equine, which are nerve roots. Spinal stenosis is a condition in which the vertebral canal is narrowed, resulting in pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. Most people experience spinal stenosis in the lower back or neck.
Contributing Medical Conditions
Spinal stenosis may be acquired or inherited. You might have inherited a naturally smaller canal, or you might have scoliosis or achondroplasia, both of which are conditions that can cause spinal stenosis. Degenerative conditions, such as a bulging disc, due to the natural aging process are other possible causes of spinal stenosis. Other contributing medical conditions may include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, Paget’s disease of bone, and spinal tumors. Some people develop this painful condition from physical trauma, such as a car accident. These injuries can cause the vertebrae to fracture or dislocate, which damages the innards of the spinal canal, inflames the surrounding tissue, and places pressure on the nerves.
Not everyone with spinal stenosis experiences symptoms that require a pain management plan. When symptoms do occur, they often get progressively worse. Tell your pain management doctor about all of your symptoms, which might include pain or cramping in the legs, or numbness and weakness in the limbs. You might also have incontinence if the bladder or bowel nerves are affected.
If you have spinal stenosis, a pain management doctor can help. Call Pain Specialists of Orange County at (888) 699-1334 or visit our website to learn more about our pain specialists. We’re conveniently located in Irvine, Mission Viejo, and Laguna Hills.