The spine or the backbone of our body which helps us stand, bend and perform various movements. Sometimes, a condition (spinal stenosis) hits people in which they are unable to perform these movements with ease. Spinal stenosis is the abnormal narrowing of the spaces within the spine. It is also known as canal stenosis and spinal canal stenosis. The narrowing of the spaces leads to the pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots. Spinal stenosis treatment becomes necessary when the symptoms start surfacing.
Seen in adults, the condition occurs when the spinal canal starts narrowing. People can have more than one kind of spinal stenosis. Cervical stenosis and lumbar stenosis are the two conditions people suffer from. The narrowing takes place in the part of the spine in the neck in cervical stenosis. The latter concerns with the narrowing that occurs in the lower back. Cases of lumbar stenosis are more than the cervical, it is, therefore, more common. The condition occurs in the lower back and neck. The wear and tear of spine is the usual cause of spinal stenosis. Several other causes are herniated discs, bone spurs, thickened ligaments, tumors, spinal injuries due to accident or trauma, etc.
After conducting a physical examination and knowing the medical history of the patient, the doctor advises the patients suffering from spinal stenosis. The treatment given by the spine specialist and surgeon, Dr. Arun Bhanot is per the signs and symptoms shown by the patients. Some of the symptoms shown by the patients are pain in arms and legs, weakness in arms, legs, numbness, etc. If it happens to be cervical stenosis, there is neck pain along with numbness, loss of bladder or bowel control, difficulty in standing and walking, sciatica, etc. If a patient suffers from lumbar stenosis, the signs largely seen are weakness and numbness in foot or leg, pain in back, pain in legs due to prolonged standing, etc.
The doctor for spinal stenosis performs surgery for creating more space for the spinal cord or nerves when the patient do not get rid of symptoms and the pain after medications and physical therapy. The severity of the condition defines the nature of the treatment. Serious conditions like pressure on the nerve roots are treated by the surgeries like laminoplasty, laminectomy, minimally invasive surgery, etc. These are done so that more space is created within the spinal canal. painkillers, anti-seizure drugs, steroid injections are given to the patients. Physical therapy can also be beneficial as it can help in building strength and maintaining the stability of the spine.
For spinal stenosis treatment, patients can head to from Dr. Arun Bhanot who attends his patients at both AUM Clinics, Dwarka and Columbia Asia Hospital, Dwarka.