The spinal column is a crucial part of the anatomy and many painful or debilitation conditions can come about when there are conditions affecting it. When there is pressure on the column, this can lead to a condition called Spinal Stenosis. The spinal cord is encased in a canal within the vertebrae, which are separated with discs. When pressure is put on the canal, the spinal cord is affected, resulting in pain and other symptoms. This condition, Spinal Stenosis, can affect individuals later in life as the body ages. When an individual is born with a smaller canal, they can later begin suffering from this condition. Initially, they may not feel any pain or discomfort, but as time passes and the pressure increases, the individual will begin to suffer the painful effects of this condition.
The early form of this condition does not cause constant pain, and the symptoms must be identified as resulting from spinal stenosis, and other conditions ruled out. The symptoms include pain after walking or other exercise. As the condition becomes more serious, the pain increases, radiating in the lower back and hip area (lumbar) or in the neck area (cervical). Leg cramps, numbness, tingling or even loss of balance can all be symptoms of this condition. Pain in the neck, shoulders and other parts of the upper body can be found to be a symptom of spinal stenosis.
Treating Spinal Stenosis in Orange County
Diagnosing this condition includes several types of tests to confirm that the symptoms suffered are the result of spinal stenosis. At Chapman Medical Center, our medical team will first get a full medical history and perform an extensive physical examination, testing your reflexes, your range of motion and your pulse in the periphery of your body. X-Rays, MRI or CT scans may be part of the necessary testing to confirm a diagnosis of spinal stenosis. Our specialists carefully review all of your test results to confirm that you have the condition and rule out other possible sources of the back pain you are experiencing.
When the condition is confirmed, the treatment can be addressed in several different ways, depending upon the degree of pressure on the spinal cord. Our medical team is concerned with providing the least invasive treatment and will evaluate your level of pain and how to best resolve it for the individual patient.
Contact Chapman Spine and Orthopedic Institute to diagnose and treat spinal stenosis