What Type of Doctor Can Make a Spinal Stenosis Diagnosis?

Spinal stenosis diagnosisSeveral types of doctors can make a spinal stenosis diagnosis, but it’s likely that you’ll begin by consulting with your primary care physician when you first experience symptoms of pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness in the back, neck, and/or extremities. Your primary care physician will probably perform a physical exam and review your symptoms, but may refer you to a specialist for more advanced testing, such as an X-ray, MRI, or CT scan. If you prefer to visit a specialist for an initial consultation, most orthopedists and neurologists would also be qualified to diagnose your condition.

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Depression and Back Pain – How Back Pain Can Ruin Your Life

how back pain can ruin your life depression chronic painMost people are free of daily chronic pain such as can occur with spinal stenosis and so don’t understand how back pain can ruin your life, affecting your work, relationships, family, and recreation. Chronic pain of any kind is associated with an increased rate of depression, with back pain found to increase the likelihood of a patient also being depressed by six times. Around 6% of pain-free people suffer from major depression according to a rigorous community health survey conducted in Canada in recent years. The rate of major depression in those with chronic back pain? Nearly twenty percent. Yet only a small number of studies have looked at the relationship between back pain and depression and patients often receive little help for either condition. Continue reading “Depression and Back Pain – How Back Pain Can Ruin Your Life” »

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Dealing with Spinal Stenosis Symptoms on a Day-to-Day Basis

Managing Spinal Stenosis SymptomsManaging your spinal stenosis symptoms can prove to be difficult when you have a full schedule that involves work, hobbies, family, friends, and/or pets. It’s important to keep in mind that an initial course of conservative treatment for your spinal stenosis will be more easily managed if it doesn’t disrupt your day-to-day activities too much, so try to integrate a variety of simple pain relief techniques into your routine.

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Spinal Stenosis Causes – Understanding the Degenerative Process in the Spine

Spinal stenosis causesAnatomical degeneration is a natural part of the aging process, and it affects each person differently. While some people may exhibit degeneration in areas of the spine as early as their 30s or 40s, many others won’t notice signs of anatomical deterioration until their 50s, 60s, or even 70s. One of the first anatomical structures to experience the effects of degeneration is the spine, because it bears a great deal of weight and is involved in almost every form of body movement. Continue reading “Spinal Stenosis Causes – Understanding the Degenerative Process in the Spine” »

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Is Spinal Stenosis Hereditary?

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Spinal stenosis may have a genetic component but age-related degeneration is the usual culprit.

When first diagnosed with spinal stenosis, many patients ask if the condition is hereditary. Spinal stenosis can be caused by a wide variety of conditions and diseases, as well as acute injury to the spine, but it is generally considered to be a higher risk for some patients who have a family history of spinal problems such as spondylosis, scoliosis, and degenerative disc disease. Where spinal stenosis exists in several family members it is often wise to pay particular attention to back health throughout life as it is possible to inherit a predisposition for spinal stenosis and the problems, such as pinched nerves, that go along with the condition. Continue reading “Is Spinal Stenosis Hereditary?” »