What is Spinal Stenosis?

A complex and confusing term, spinal stenosis is simply a compression of the spinal cord in the neck or the spinal nerve roots in the lower back.

shutterstock_9367252Spinal cord compression in the neck is known as cervical spinal stenosis. This type of spinal stenosis is extremely dangerous.   It could lead to serious symptoms, including arm pain, major body weakness, difficulty with coordination, or even paralysis.

Spinal nerve root compression is known as lumbar spinal stenosis. Symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis include leg pain, leg tingling, or weakness/numbness in the lower back, buttocks, or legs.

The spinal cord is an essential part of the central nervous system.  If it is damaged or compressed, it could lead to serious ramifications. If you suffer from any of these symptoms, it is essential that you see your doctor.

Signature Medical Group doctors can provide you with treatment options ranging from non-surgical methods—exercise, anti-inflammatory medicine, epidermal injections, or activity modifications—to back surgery.

If you believe that you or a loved one is suffering from lumbar or cervical spinal stenosis, the spine team at any Signature Medical Group office is accustomed to treating this condition.