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Spinal Stenosis Causes, Risk Factors, & Treatment Options

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In part one of this series on spinal stenosis, we covered the two types of spinal stenosis and the symptoms that may occur. If you’re diagnosed with spinal stenosis, you’re likely wondering what caused it, what risk factors contributed to it, and if treatment options are available. Allow us to answer your questions:

What are the causes of spinal stenosis?

The nerves that travel through your spinal canal must have enough space to move with ease. If spinal stenosis is present, the space is narrowed, and the nerves have difficulty traveling. Although not the most common cause of spinal stenosis, some people are born with a naturally small spinal canal. More often than not, spinal stenosis occurs if:

  • An injury to the spine is sustained, or
  • The bones in your spine begin to overgrow due to conditions such as osteoarthritis or Paget’s Disease, or
  • Herniated discs are present in the spine, or
  • Ligaments become thick, or
  • Abnormal growths or tumors are present.

Whatever the cause may be, spinal stenosis can cause extreme discomfort, balance issues, neck and back pain, and other frustrating symptoms.

What are the risk factors of spinal stenosis?

Age is the number one risk factor associated with developing spinal stenosis. People who are over 50 years old may develop this condition because of deterioration in the spine. Other risk factors include trauma to the spine, scoliosis, and diseases that are passed via genetics.

What are the treatment options for spinal stenosis?

If you are experiencing pain in your neck (cervical stenosis) or lower back (spinal stenosis), make an appointment with one of our friendly physicians today. He will perform a test – Xray, MRI, or CT scan – to determine what condition is ailing your body. Once an accurate diagnosis is made, treatment options will be discussed. Some people opt for medication and physical therapy to manage the symptoms. However, for a more permanent solution, spinal surgery may be recommended.

Call us today if you suspect spinal stenosis: 478-743-7092