Spinal Stenosis

Spine & Sports Medical Group

Spine & Sports Medicine & Regenerative Medicine located in Campbell, CA

Spinal stenosis is a common medical condition that can lead to significant pain. The team at Spine & Sports Medical Group in Campbell, California, has the training and experience needed to evaluate your symptoms and determine the cause. If you have spinal stenosis, there are treatments that can reduce pain and prevent future discomfort. That process begins with a phone call or a visit to the online booking page to set up your one-on-one consultation.

Spinal Stenosis Q & A

What is spinal stenosis?

Spinal stenosis is a condition characterized by a narrowing of your spinal canal, or the space within your spine. This is the area that houses your spinal cord, a fragile structure of nerve fibers that transmit signals between body and brain. 

Your spinal cord runs from the base of your skull all the way down to your lower back. It’s incredibly sensitive and protected by the bony armor of your vertebrae. If that area shrinks or narrows, pressure can be placed on your spinal cord, leading to a wide range of symptoms. 

What causes spinal stenosis?

Numerous things can cause spinal stenosis, although osteoarthritis is the most common cause. Other potential causes include:

  • Scoliosis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Paget’s disease
  • Tumors in your spine or spinal cord
  • Joint degeneration
  • Bone spurs on your vertebrae
  • Inflammation in vertebral joints
  • Ankylosing spondylitis 

If any of these conditions are present, you may notice the following symptoms in your legs and feet:

  • Severe pain
  • Weakness
  • Cramping
  • Numbness

Symptoms can be mild at first but can gradually worsen over time. It’s important to come in for a diagnostic workup at the first sign of symptoms, as treatments can be more effective in the early stages of spinal stenosis. 

How is spinal stenosis treated?

Medication can play a role in your treatment plan. Over-the-counter drugs can help manage mild to moderate discomfort, while prescription options are better suited for more severe pain. Muscle relaxers can relieve pain from muscle spasms and cramps. Steroid injections can reduce inflammation, taking pressure off your spinal cord. 

Some men and women require a procedure called spinal decompression to create more space in the spinal canal. This approach removes inflamed tissue and bony growths in the spinal canal. When possible, spinal decompression is done arthroscopically, involving smaller incisions and less tissue disruption than traditional open surgery. 

A routine of stretching and conditioning exercises can help prevent spinal stenosis and treat the condition if your discomfort is only mild. Over time you can build up to more strenuous exercises to improve your spine health and overall health and wellness.

Schedule an appointment today to learn more about spinal stenosis diagnostic and treatment options. You can book a visit online or by phone, so don’t delay.