Spinal Stenosis Raleigh

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis is when the spaces in the spine narrow down, putting pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots. This pinches the nerve and spinal cord, causing pain, weakness, cramping, or numbness, affecting the lower back, legs, arms, shoulders, or neck. People over the age of 50 are at risk of developing spinal stenosis. There are two types of spinal stenosis: lumbar and cervical; the latter is more dangerous. Primarily, the condition varies in severity and depends on if the nerve is compressed and how much the spine is affected. It also gets worse over time as there are different stages. One can develop pain, numbness, stiffness, and tingling and feel worse when you try to walk, move, stand, sit, etc. Our care team specializes in lumbar and cervical spinal stenosis treatment and helps patients with pain and other symptoms caused by the condition.

What Causes Spinal Stenosis?

Aging and age-related changes in the spine happen over a period.

  • Arthritis of the spine
  • Injury
  • Fracture
  • Bone disease
  • Any defect or growth in the spine from birth
  • Herniated disc
  • Tumors

How is Spinal Stenosis Diagnosed?

We thoroughly examine the patient’s medical history, signs or symptoms, and family history. Some of the crucial pointers essential for the diagnosis are when the signs started, what activities triggered it, and if there is any pattern that makes it worse or better. During physical examination, the patient will be asked to move around, bend forward, and if that helps alleviate the pain. Even a neurological exam is performed to check reflexes, balance, muscle strength, nerve sensation, and more. Some of the following tests may be used to diagnose spinal stenosis:

  • X-rays
  • CT scan
  • MRI scan
  • Electromyography
  • Blood test

These tests are in an appropriate diagnosis, the first step in the recovery process. Learn more about how our pain management techniques can help patients find relief by reaching out to Advanced Pain Consultants, PA at (919) 800-0850.

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