Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Terminology Tuesday: spinal stenosis
Spinal stenosis sounds super painful.
It's basically where the open spaces in the spinal canal start narrowing causing lots of pain. This usually happens in the neck (cervical) or in the lower back (lumbar).
In addition to the pain in the area of the stenosis, it can cause tingling or weakness or numbness in the extremities, balance problems, cramping, stiffness, and even paralysis!
A lot of different issues/diseases can cause stenosis from herniated disks to tumors to osteoarthritis, and autoimmune arthritis damage.
Older people tend to be affected more, but that all depends on many factors.
Treatment can include PT, injections, and surgery.