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Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis

Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis Spinal stenosis is a condition resulting from exertion of pressure on nerve roots as they leave the spinal column or on the spinal cord itself. As a result nerve roots or the spinal cord are damaged and their functions are hindered. Spinal stenosis can occur as a result of narrowing of the spinal canal and intervertebral space. Apart from degeneration due to ageing, there are several conditions that can cause spinal stenosis including physical trauma to the spine, achondroplasia, Paget’s disease and spinal tumors. Spinal stenosis can manifest itself in several ways. This is because the entire nervous system may be affected by the pressure exerted on the nerve roots or spinal cord. However, there are...

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Cervical Stenosis

Cervical Stenosis Overview As we age, our bodies undergo a natural process of degeneration. Our biological systems do not function as they did in earlier years. Degeneration also occurs in the spine. Degeneration of the intervertebral discs in cervical spine can result in various serious conditions. The most serious amongst these is a condition known as cervical stenosis. Cervical Stenosis occurs when the spinal canal in the cervical spine (part of the spine within the neck region made up of a column of seven vertebrae) narrows. Narrowing of the spinal column causes an increase in pressure on nerve roots leaving the spinal cord in the neck region as well as on the spinal cord itself. This squeezing results in damaging...

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Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery

Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery: Treatment of Spinal Stenosis Minimal invasive surgery is a surgical procedure that is performed through small punctures and incisions. Minimal invasive spine surgery (MIS) is also referred to as laser spine surgery, endoscopic surgery or minimal access spine surgery. The surgery involves the passing of tubular retractors or an endoscope through the punctures or incisions that are made near the spine. MIS is quickly catching on as the treatment of choice for spinal stenosis when surgery is the only option. Using MIS reduces various complications related to other surgical procedures. Chances of being infected are greatly reduced. Patients experience less pain in healing and recover faster from this surgical procedure. MIS has also been shown to...

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Surgical Treatment for Spinal Stenosis

Surgical Treatment for Spinal Stenosis. The option of surgical treatment for spinal stenosis is usually suggested as a last option. Surgical treatment is only prescribed if all other forms of treatment have failed or the damage caused by the spinal stenosis cannot be repaired through any other means. In most cases spine surgery will be considered only after a long period of alternative conservative therapy. A period of 3 to 6 months of conservative therapy is usually required before the surgical option is considered. There are several options of spinal surgery available depending on the cause, type and extent of damage to the spine. The first option is the removal of the vertebral discs. This surgical procedure is known as...

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Stenosis of the Spine

Detailed information regarding stenosis of the spine. Spinal stenosis normally develops in the later years of life. It is usually considered an age-related disease. However, there are cases where spinal stenosis develops as a result of other conditions that are not age-related and occur in younger people. Spinal stenosis occurs when the nerves and spinal cord are compressed. The condition can occur in the neck (cervical spinal stenosis) or the lower back region (lumbar spinal stenosis). Symptoms of the condition include pain in the back, legs or arms. A tingling sensation or weakness is also felt in the legs or arms. In some cases numbness is experienced in the extremities. In cervical spinal stenosis myelopathy is experienced. This is difficulty...

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