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Spinal Stenosis

The majority of adults will experience pain from a lumbar, cervical or thoracic spine problem in their lifetime. Some estimates claim that 90 percent of the U.S. population may have significant back pain at some point. Back and neck problems are the most commonly occurring in medicine, and the second most common neurological ailment in the United States, second only to headaches. Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on back and neck pain treatment, the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work.

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TYPES OF SPINAL STENOSIS

Spinal stenosis can affect any part of the spine, but it is most commonly found in the lower section of the spine (lumbar region) and uppermost section of the spine (cervical region). The major types of spinal stenosis include:

 

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CAUSES OF SPINAL STENOSIS

• Overgrowth of bone
• Herniated Discs
• Thickened ligaments
• Spinal injuries
• Spinal Tumor
• Injuries from birth
• Swelling after spinal surgery

SYMPTONS OF SPINAL STENOSIS

The symptoms of spinal stenosis usually develop slowly over time and occur during certain activities or when the body assumes certain positions. The pain may come and go, as opposed to being continuous, and, at times may be relieved by lying down or sitting in a flexed forward position. This flexed position “opens up” the spinal column, enlarging the spaces between vertebrae at the back of the spine.

TREATMENT OPTIONS

There are some non-surgical treatment options that can temporarily decrease the inflammation caused by spinal stenosis, such as:Physical therapy program, including:

 

  • Aerobic conditioning

  • Pool exercises

  • Strengthening exercises

  • Flexibility exercise

  • Anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen and naproxen

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