Man with Spinal Stenosis

Spinal Stenosis is the narrowing of the spaces between the structures within the spinal column -- the bones, ligaments, and discs. This narrowing can occur for several reasons, including bone spurs (growths usually caused by arthritis), disc herniations (when the liquid center of a disc leaks out and presses on the nerves), ligaments that become thicker with age and add pressure to the spinal cord, tumors that develop in the spaces in or around the spinal column, and injuries to the spine that place additional load on the nerves.

Treatment for spinal stenosis varies based on the symptoms and severity experienced by each individual. The pain specialist may first recommend medication (over-the-counter pain relievers, opioids, anti-seizure medication, and even antidepressants) before suggesting more invasive surgery for patients with severe and persistent symptoms.

 

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