Learn your treatment options for spinal stenosis and reduce your fears and overwhelm because you know you’re treating it right.
Individuals who follow American sports might remember the career of former New York Met David Wright. Wright was a prolific power hitter, but at the height of his career, he was diagnosed with spinal stenosis. He endured several agonizing years of trying to play but being unable to do so without significant pain. Eventually, he was forced to retire.
Of course, most people are not professional athletes, and a diagnosis of spinal stenosis won’t have such dire consequences as they did in this case.
Still, there’s no denying that it’s a serious condition that usually requires treatment sooner rather than later.
As a person who’s over 50, I’m very aware of these spinal issues. So I wanted to share some helpful information all about what is spinal stenosis.
Coming up you’ll learn in simple terms all about treating spinal spinal stenosis. And we will explore all of your options if you have been diagnosed with it right now.
Before we talk about treatment options, let’s make sure you understand this condition and what it involves. Spinal stenosis is a malady where there’s not enough space inside the backbone. In other words, there’s not enough room in between each of the cervical vertebrae, as you’d find with a person without this condition.
Without enough room between the vertebrae, you can experience muscle weakness, pain, and numbness. You might feel a tingling sensation in the limbs as well. In some cases, you may even lose bladder or bowel control.
As you can imagine, being diagnosed with this condition can be very scary and stressful. I’m here to reduce some of the fear and overwhelm by sharing treatment options for spinal stenosis.
What might you do to treat and combat spinal stenosis? Read on…
Whenever someone receives an illness or injury diagnosis, doctors like to try the least invasive options possible. In the case of spinal stenosis, they might suggest physical therapy before they try anything else.
There are several physical therapy exercises you might utilize if you have this condition. Most involve stretches meant to relieve the pressure and pain you’re experiencing. You can learn the exercises by seeing a physical therapist and then do them daily at home.
If physical therapy doesn’t seem to be working as well as you’d like, you might also get an injection. If you have a pinched nerve in one particular part of the spine because of this condition, a doctor may inject a steroid into that area.
This may relieve the pain for a while. The problem is that it usually comes back. Injections for spinal stenosis are generally regarded as temporary measures.
Doctors are always very hesitant to operate on the back. If something goes wrong, you may end up in worse shape than before the doctor operated.
However, in some cases, if nothing else has worked, a physician might elect to do a surgery called a decompression laminectomy to treat your spinal stenosis. This removes buildups of bone or bony spurs that have accumulated in the spinal column. If you’re lucky, this procedure might provide significant relief.
If you don’t take action to relieve your spinal stenosis, then it can get worse. It can even paralyze you in some instances. If you receive this diagnosis, talk to a specialist about what course of treatment you can pursue.
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