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Spinal stenosis is a condition characterized by unusually small bone canals housing your primary nerves. These narrowed canals can apply pressure on the nerves within the spinal canal or where they exit, leading to pain, numbness, and weakness in the back and legs, and potentially causing permanent damage if not addressed.
Spinal stenosis mainly falls into two categories:
- Cervical stenosis: A narrowing of the spinal region close to your neck.
- Lumbar stenosis: A narrowing of the spinal segment in your lower back, which is the more common form of spinal stenosis.
Symptoms of cervical stenosis can include:
- Pain in the neck
- Numbness or tingling sensation in your hands, arms, feet, or legs
- Weakness in your hands, arms, feet, or legs
- Difficulty in maintaining balance or walking
- Bladder problems or urinary incontinence
Meanwhile, lumbar stenosis can present symptoms such as:
- Pain in the lower back
- Numbness or a tingling sensation in your feet or legs
- Weakness in your feet or legs
- Cramping in your legs while standing or walking
Your spinal bones form a protective canal for the nerves in your spinal cord. While some people may be born with a smaller-than-average spinal canal, most cases of spinal stenosis arise due to other conditions that restrict the space in the canal. Typical causes include:
- Disc herniation
- Bone spurs (bone overgrowth)
- Spinal injuries (resulting from car accidents, sports injuries, etc.)
Treatment for spinal stenosis can be as straightforward as prescribing medication and recommending physical therapy, which can be highly effective. We also employ advanced, minimally invasive surgical procedures to address the issue, always aiming to avoid aggressive open surgery unless absolutely necessary.
Spinal Stenosis Pain Treatments in North Dallas, TX
We have pain management clinics in North Dallas including Sherman, Rowlett, Greenville & Forney, TX
If you are experiencing pain in the lower back or neck, it’s better to address it sooner rather than later. Reach out to the team of specialists at Dallas Pain Institute and let us help you alleviate the pain associated with spinal stenosis for good!