Spinal Stenosis

What is Spinal Stenosis?
What Are The Symptoms?
How Is It Diagnosed?
What Treatments Are Available?

What is Spinal Stenosis?

In between each vertebrae of the spine are special discs that function as shock absorbers to protect the spine. At times, these shock absorbers can become damaged, such as when discs become less spongy and less fluid filled with age. This can result in reduced disc height and bulging of the hardened disc into the spinal canal (the area in which the spinal cord passes through). These changes cause narrowing of the spinal canal which is known as spinal stenosis.

Spinal stenosis can be compared to the lime build-up on the inside of a garden hose. Over time, it narrows the diameter of the hose, just as spinal stenosis narrows the spinal canal.

What Are The Symptoms?

Spinal Stenosis does not necessarily cause symptoms. Many people can have significant stenosis on imaging studies but fail to have symptoms.

When present, symptoms may include:

  • Pain or numbness in the back, legs, arms
  • Cramping
  • Weakness in the legs or arm
  • Rarely, bowel and/or bladder problems

Symptoms are often worse with prolonged standing or walking. Symptoms may come and go, and may vary in severity when present. Bending forward or sitting increases the room in the spinal canal and may lead to reduced pain or relief from pain.

How Is Spinal Stenosis Diagnosed?

The doctors at New Century Spine Centers will take a history and thorough physical examination. X-rays may be performed to reveal evidence of narrowed discs and/or thickened facet joints. A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) study may be obtained for a more detailed evaluation of spinal structures. A computed axial tomography (CAT) scan and/or a lumbar myelogram may be advised for similar improved detail.

Each of these studies can provide information about the presence, location and extent of spinal canal narrowing and nerve root pressure.

What Treatments Are Available?

At New Century Spine Centers Associates, The doctors at New Century Spine Centers provides patients with a gentle and unique treatment for disc degeneration and disc bulging (both contributors of Spinal Stenosis) that is over 85% effective and FDA cleared. This revolutionary treatment is called Spinal Decompression Therapy. You may wonder how this kind of therapy works to treat an individual with Spinal Stenosis. Spinal Decompression Therapy works to treat the CAUSE of the condition by allowing fluid and nutrients to absorb into the disc by increasing the space between the vertebrae, where the actual discs are located. In turn, when the discs are allowed the space required to eliminate disc bulging, as well as the increase in the nutrients and fluid needed, the health of the discs are restored and Spinal Stenosis can very well be eliminated. For more information on Spinal Decompression Therapy, please refer to our home page and click on Spinal Decompression Therapy or click on the video link to view the local channel 10 breaking news story regarding the Spinal Decompression Therapy offered at The doctors at New Century Spine Centers's back care clinic. By clicking on the video, you will also get the chance to view an actual patient receiving Spinal Decompression Therapy.

In addition to Spinal Decompression Therapy, The doctors at New Century Spine Centers also individually tailors patient treatment for Spinal Stenosis with effective manual adjustments to the spine for optimal results. Call our office today at 619-630-9153 to find out if Spinal Decompression Therapy can help you or someone you know with Spinal Stenosis.