Those who suffer from spinal stenosis are no strangers to the pain that comes along with this debilitating condition. It is the narrowing of the spaces that are located in the spine. This causes a certain amount of pressure on the spinal cord and the nerves. In approximately 75% of cases, this condition is located in the lumbar section of the spine (the lower back). In most cases, there is a narrowing in the spine that is associated with compression on the nerve root. This will cause pain that shoots down the back of the leg.
There are many causes for this condition. Many individuals fall into more than one of the groups. If you find that you fall into more than one group, this means that the risk for this condition increases, and it is imperative that you speak with a qualified surgeon like Solomon Kamson.
Aging: Over a certain amount of time, the human body will be subject to wear and tear. With greater age comes more damage to the body’s ligaments, which are the tough connective tissues between the bones in the spine. These ligaments will thicken. Bone spurs can and often times will develop. Also, the vertebrae will start to deteriorate over years.
Arthritis: There are two types of arthritis that will affect the spine: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. For a proper diagnosis, see Dr. Solomon Kamson at the Spine Institute Northwest.
Heredity: If there are x-rays done at a young age and the spine is considered to be small, this may mean that spinal stenosis will show up at an earlier age. There may be structural deformities that are apparent and will cause narrowing in the child’s spinal canal.
Trauma: Many accidents or other types of injuries can cause an individual to develop spinal stenosis. The injury may cause discs in the spine to dislocate, leading to the disorder. The injury may even result in fractures and cause bone fragments to penetrate the spinal canal.
Tumors: In some cases, those who suffer from spinal stenosis will have another health condition they may be unaware, including tumors on the spine. Any such growth on the spinal canal will cause extra pressure and less space, which results in the spinal stenosis condition. Removal of the tumor should alleviate the pressure that the tumor causes, which will result in the spinal stenosis condition being reversed.
Spinal stenosis can cause different symptoms in certain cases. Typically a spinal stenosis sufferer will endure more than one of the symptoms. The symptoms that are typically reported are frequent falling or clumsiness, pain, difficulty while walking, numbness, hot or cold feelings in the legs, and tingling. Dr. Solomon Kamson and the team at the Spine Institute Northwest can help with a proper diagnosis and a pain management system. Not only will he be able to set a pain management system into place, he will do testing and find a solution to the condition itself.