What if it’s Not Spinal Stenosis? Myofascial Pain Syndrome.

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What if it's not spinal stenosis? Consider myofascial pain as a differential diagnosis for back pain.

Back pain, referred pain, tenderness, popping, clicking, and stiffness can all lead to a diagnosis of spinal stenosis, especially when an MRI or X-ray reveals spinal narrowing. But what if it’s not spinal stenosis causing your symptoms? Many people have some degree of spinal narrowing as they age and not all are symptomatic, so is your chronic back pain and restricted movement due to myofascial pain syndrome rather than spinal stenosis? Continue reading “What if it’s Not Spinal Stenosis? Myofascial Pain Syndrome.” »

When is Spinal Stenosis Surgery Indicated?

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Severe cervical myelopathy like this necessitates immediate spinal stenosis surgery.

Conservative treatment for spinal stenosis is the standard approach but patients continuing to experience severe back pain or other symptoms of nerve or spinal cord compression are usually considered for spinal stenosis surgery.

As a general rule, those whose symptoms are severe enough to impact on self-care, such as becoming unable to go on short shopping trips or bathe oneself, are recommended to undergo surgery. Even in these cases, however, there are those for whom surgery is simply too risky due to other health considerations, the potential for complications from anaesthesia, and the risk of infection after spinal stenosis surgery. When is spinal stenosis surgery indicated? That depends on the individual, their symptoms, and a wide variety of factors.
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Types of Spinal Stenosis – Which One is Causing Your Back Pain?

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Spinal stenosis can be caused by a variety or problems such as congenitally short pedicles, disc herniation, and even Cushing's disease.

Types of spinal stenosis are often defined by the underlying cause of the pinched nerves in the spine and include congenital stenosis, idiopathic spinal stenosis, and acquired degenerative spinal stenosis (the most common).

Neurogenic claudication (nerve compression) due to lumbar spinal stenosis will commonly result in low back pain, pain in the legs and feet, and impaired mobility, particularly in more elderly patients. This type of symptomatic spinal stenosis is the single most cited reason for spinal surgery in patients over sixty-five years old but not all types of spinal stenosis require back surgery.

If you have back pain make sure you know the cause as it could be that your fear of back surgery is unnecessary and other types of back pain relief are preferable. Continue reading “Types of Spinal Stenosis – Which One is Causing Your Back Pain?” »

Chronic Back Pain Development Predicted by Brain Scans

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Brain scans had an 85% accuracy in predicting chronic back pain development.

A new study published this month in Nature Neuroscience reveals that brain scans can predict chronic back pain after acute back injury with around an 85% rate of accuracy. It appears that those developing chronic back pain differ in terms of emotional reaction to injury compared to those who recover from the pain. Communication between regions of the brain appears key in determining if acute back pain becomes chronic. Continue reading “Chronic Back Pain Development Predicted by Brain Scans” »

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Back Brace for Back Pain – Spinal Stenosis Treatments

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A flexible back brace for spinal stenosis can help relieve back pain without restricting movement.

Finding relief from low back pain can sometimes involve the use of a back brace for spinal stenosis and it may surprise you to know that this remedy for back pain dates back to at least the Middle Ages. Corsets for back pain might not be the height of fashion but they can help stabilize the spine, avoid painful movement in the lower back, and even prevent the need for back surgery for spinal stenosis. With so many options for lower back pain relief, make sure you know what to look for in a back brace for spinal stenosis. Continue reading “Back Brace for Back Pain – Spinal Stenosis Treatments” »

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Energy Therapy as Foraminal Stenosis Treatment

Foraminal stenosis treatmentForaminal stenosis is the narrowing of the foramina (channels) that allow nerve roots to pass from the spinal cord through the stacked vertebrae; from there, nerve roots branch off and connect to the network of nerves that serves the entire body. Treatment for foraminal narrowing usually becomes necessary only when the constriction begins to irritate or compress a nerve root. This nerve compression can give rise to a number of potentially debilitating symptoms, including radiating pain, tingling, numbness, and muscle weakness in the extremities. Like most forms of spinal stenosis, narrowing of the foraminal channels generally responds well to mainstream conservative treatment methods such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, exercise, stretching, physical therapy, and corticosteroid injections. However, there is a school of thought that embraces the use of energy therapy to treat painful conditions like foraminal stenosis.
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What Causes Canal Stenosis?

Canal StenosisCanal stenosis is a narrowing of the channel that runs down the center of your back. This channel, or passageway, is known as the spinal canal and it houses and protects the spinal cord, as well as the nerve roots that branch off the spinal cord, enabling communication between the central nervous system and the rest of the body. Spinal canal narrowing is a specific form of spinal stenosis, which is a way to refer to narrowing in any of the spine’s many openings. While traumatic injury may force a portion of the anatomical anatomy out of place and restrict the space in the spinal canal, canal stenosis typically develops gradually and is often associated with the aging process.
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Why Herniated Discs Hurt – Causes of Back Pain

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There are numerous reasons for the back pain caused by disease discs in the spine.

Degenerative disc disease causes back and neck pain for a variety of reasons meaning that there is often no single, or simple, treatment for pain from herniated or bulging discs. At first glance it may seem obvious that damaged discs in the spine will change the rest of the spinal structure and lead to spinal stenosis, pinched nerves, and back pain. Degenerated discs can cause pain in other ways, however, so if your pain medications are no longer effective it might be time to reassess your bad back. Continue reading “Why Herniated Discs Hurt – Causes of Back Pain” »