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Lower Back Pain

lower back pain lumbar spinal stenosisLower back pain can have a number of causes, including lumbar spinal stenosis. This means that pain in the lower back may be accompanied by a variety of different symptoms, some overlapping, and necessitate radically different treatments. Getting a diagnosis of lower back pain is not, therefore, the end of the story as your physician will need to figure out why you’re hurting and what can be done about it. Continue reading “Lower Back Pain” »

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Foraminal Stenosis – Exploring the Symptoms Associated with this Degenerative Spine Condition

Foraminal stenosisForaminal stenosis is characterized by the narrowing or blockage of an intervertebral foramen. The intervertebral foramina are laterally situated canals on either side of the spine through which spinal nerve roots branch off the spinal cord and exit the spinal column. The roots then spider-web off into other areas of the body to serve as a conduit for sensory and motor signals between the body and the brain.

When compressed by an anatomical abnormality, such as bulging or herniated disc material, a calcified ligament, or bone spur, a spinal nerve root’s normal transmission of signals is interrupted and can be replaced with pain signals that travel along the length of the nerve from the point of compression down. As a result, you may experience foraminal stenosis symptoms in other areas of the body that seemingly have nothing to do with your spine. Continue reading “Foraminal Stenosis – Exploring the Symptoms Associated with this Degenerative Spine Condition” »

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Spinal Stenosis Symptoms – Steps That You Can Take to Relieve Your Discomfort

Spinal StenosisSpinal stenosis, or the narrowing of the spinal canal, can occur as a result of the natural degenerative process of aging. When your spinal canal is restricted by a bulging or herniated disc, bone spurs, calcified ligaments, or another anatomical abnormality, the spinal cord or its nerve roots are in danger of being pinched, or compressed. When neural compression occurs in the spine, symptoms of localized pain and radiating pain, numbness, weakness, and tingling can affect your upper or lower body. Continue reading “Spinal Stenosis Symptoms – Steps That You Can Take to Relieve Your Discomfort” »

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Spinal Stenosis Surgery – Can it Help Treat Symptoms Caused by the Narrowing in Your Spine?

Spinal Stenosis SurgeryIf you’ve been diagnosed with spinal stenosis, surgery will probably not be part of your treatment plan right away, if at all. In fact, most patients with spinal stenosis are able to find relief from a regimen of conservative, nonsurgical treatments, such as anti-inflammatory drugs, pain medication, physical therapy, and others.

So, how do you know when it might be time to start exploring your surgical options?

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Reducing Your Risk of Osteoporotic Fracture and Spinal Stenosis

osteoporosis compression fracture spinal stenosis risk reductionOsteoporotic fractures occur on average in one out of every three women and one in every five men during their lifetime. A range of factors influence how likely such a fracture is and how well a patient with recover from it. Weak bones in the spine can fracture and collapse, contributing to spinal stenosis, but there are a number of ways in which our diet and lifestyle can reduce osteoporotic fracture risk, including: Continue reading “Reducing Your Risk of Osteoporotic Fracture and Spinal Stenosis” »

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Can Physical Therapy Help Reverse Spinal Stenosis?

tennis ball therapy back painBack pain can be occasional or constant and range from mild to nearly incapacitating. Occasional, mild back pain is caused simply by sitting for a long time, twisting, reaching or lifting in a way that strains the back or even by sleeping in an odd position or on an uncomfortable bed. This type of back pain can usually be eased through gentle exercise, careful stretching and especially by strengthening your abdominal muscles.

Constant, very painful back pain may be caused by spinal stenosis, which can require surgery. Spinal stenosis occurs when the spaces within your spinal column narrow enough to put pressure on your spinal cord and its nerve roots. This narrowing can be caused by several things, from weakened ligaments and thickening joints, to bone spurs, damaged disks, and collapsed vertebrae. Depending on where the issue is located, you may have tingling, numbness or pain in your upper, middle or lower back. Continue reading “Can Physical Therapy Help Reverse Spinal Stenosis?” »