Stenosis or narrowing of the spinal canal may involve a large or small portion of the vertebra. It may include the main spinal canal where the nerves branch out or the small openings on the sides of the spine where the nerves pass through.
A spinal stenosis is a condition defined as the loss of space or narrowing of the spinal canal resulting in compression of the spinal cord or spinal nerves. When this change occurs, it may cause nerve damage resulting to numbness, tingling sensations, pain, and other symptoms.
A diagnosis of spinal stenosis can be made after thorough assessment of signs and symptoms, medical history, physical examination and imaging tests such as x-rays, MRI or CT scan/myelogram.
Treatment plans vary from patient to patient. Non-surgical treatment options may work to some and may not be as effective to others. If you think you have spinal stenosis, take note of the signs and symptoms and discuss everything during your appointment.