There are a lot of different types of problems out there that a lot of people do not know about. One of them just so happens to be spinal stenosis! Today we are going to talk about what spinal stenosis is, as well as what can cause it. Last, but not least, we are going to also talk about some spinal stenosis treatment options that people have open to them. However, before we go any further, we need to jump right into what spinal stenosis is.
Pretty much, spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the space in the spine, also called your backbone. This results in a lot of extra pressure that is placed on your spinal cord and the nerves in your back. Please note that your back is very long, and this problem can form in three different spots along the backbone. The first one can be located near the center of the column bones. The second can be found at the canals at the base of the spinal cord, and the third can be located between the vertebrae. The narrowing, of course, is going to be different for everyone and can involve a large or small area of the spine. Lower problems could result in pain in the legs, while higher problems could affect the neck area.
So what causes this kind of problem in people? Well, some say that this is actually something that gets inherited or acquired from your family. No matter how you go about getting it, this is something that you are going to want to take care of right away. To do that, you are going to have to look into different spinal stenosis treatment options that they have open for you. Please keep in mind before going over the lower treatment options that not all treatments can be used by all people. Some people will be unable to do some treatments and should always consult with their doctor first.
One way would be to take anti-inflammatory drugs. This would include aspirin, ibuprofen, among others. This is not only going to help with the inflammation of the back, but the pain as well. Some people like to have corticosteroid injections in their spinal cord and in their nerve roots. This is going to help to reduce the inflammation as well. A lot of times, this is also a great way to treat pain in the hips and lower legs. Some people can be put on restricted activity. However, this is one that is only going to help depending on the nerves that are involved. Some doctors will prescribed different kinds of exercises and, of course, physical therapy. This is going to help maintain the motion of the spine and help to strengthen the back muscles. A lot of people say that swimming is the best activity you can do. Last, but not least, you could go with a lumbar brace or a corset. This is going to provide some extra support for your back and help get you back some mobility.
Overall, it’s best to talk to your doctor first, and see which spinal stenosis treatment he thinks is going to be best for you. As said before, not everything works great for everyone and your doctor may know which is best for you.