Stenosis can mimic the sensation you feel when hitting your funny bone. Except now, it’s constant tingling, numbing or pain. Stenosis strikes most often in your neck or lower back and can make you feel miserable. Our goal is to improve your health in any way possible. When you need us, our award-winning care team is here for you.
Stenosis happens when swelling or herniated discs crowd the already limited space within the spine. This puts pressure on the nerves that travel to your arms and legs. Pain can range from barely noticeable to excruciating. It's most common after age 50. Prompt treatment gives the greatest number of options. Delays can result in permanent nerve damage and may require surgery.
An epidural steroid injection is a powerful combination of steroid and anti-inflammatory medicine injected directly in the spine. The full effect of pain relief can take up to two weeks to feel.
This procedure removes the back part of the affected vertebra and may involve linking the affected vertebra to adjoining vertebra to maintain spinal strength. This happens with metal hardware and a bone graft.
This procedure only removes a portion of the lamina (flat, arched part of the vertebra forming the roof of spinal canal). Carving a hole as big as the area relieves pressure of the spine.
A physical therapist can teach you special exercises that strengthen nearby muscles and ease stress on connecting tendons and ligaments.
When dealing with back and neck pain, it’s important to start with conservative care, such as physical therapy. Spectrum Health has a Spine and Pain Management Center dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of back pain.
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