Having Second Thoughts About Spinal Stenosis Surgery?

Spinal Stenosis SurgeryMaking the decision to undergo spinal stenosis surgery is a serious one that should not be taken lightly. On the one hand, you have likely been struggling with spinal stenosis symptoms for months or years and you are ready to put an end to your discomfort. On the other hand, there are inherent risks with any surgery and you may wonder if you’re truly ready for this next step in the treatment process. Having anxiety or misgivings about spine surgery is perfectly natural and if you truly feel you aren’t ready, trust your gut instinct– if your condition is not life threatening, there is usually no harm in putting off the procedure and trying conservative treatments for a while longer. Continue reading “Having Second Thoughts About Spinal Stenosis Surgery?” »

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Foraminal Stenosis and Osteoarthritis – What’s the Link?

Foraminal StenosisForaminal stenosis occurs when one or more of the openings on either side of a vertebra or vertebrae become too narrow due to some type of anatomical abnormality. While the stacked vertebrae have a large central opening through which the spinal cord passes, these peripheral openings, called foramina, allow for the passage of spinal nerve roots that are attached to the spinal cord. From these roots, peripheral nerves branch off to innervate the rest of the body. The primary indication of foraminal stenosis is radiating pain, tingling, numbness, and muscle weakness in the back, neck, and/or extremities, including foot-drop. This occurs when a foramen becomes too narrow and a spinal nerve root becomes compressed. Continue reading “Foraminal Stenosis and Osteoarthritis – What’s the Link?” »

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The Facts About Bone Grafting for Spinal Stenosis Surgery

Spinal StenosisSpinal fusion, one of the most common types of spinal stenosis surgeries, requires a bone graft to facilitate the growth of new bone between two or more vertebrae. The graft is placed between adjacent vertebrae once an intervertebral disc has been removed. Over time, the graft helps the vertebrae to fuse into one solid segment of bone. The goal of this procedure is to stabilize the spine, relieve neural compression caused be the spinal stenosis, and eliminate pain caused by movement at the affected level of the spine. Continue reading “The Facts About Bone Grafting for Spinal Stenosis Surgery” »

Can You Be Born with Spinal Stenosis?

congenital spinal stenosisBack pain is often thought of as something that happens to older people but it is possible to be born with spinal stenosis, and to be born with an increased propensity for back problems in childhood and later in life. Congenital spinal stenosis is a condition where, from birth, the spinal canal is narrow due to an abnormal bone structure. Starting out with spinal stenosis usually means that, unfortunately, the condition worsens with age. Continue reading “Can You Be Born with Spinal Stenosis?” »

Back Pain Statistics – How Many People in the US Have Back Pain?

disability from back pain in the USBack pain from conditions such as spinal stenosis affects millions of Americans each year. In fact, the average American says that they feel physically or mentally unhealthy about six days a month, and those with arthritis report more than four times as many unhealthy days a month as those without arthritis. Sometimes, just knowing that you’re not alone in your pain can help, and if you suffer from disability related to back pain you’ve got almost eight million other sufferers with whom to sympathise. Will you be surprised by our round-up of back pain stats? Continue reading “Back Pain Statistics – How Many People in the US Have Back Pain?” »