Author: Mauricio A. Valdes, M.D.
Do you experience low back pain? Many people here in the Valley area are challenged with low back pain from time to time. In some cases, the back pain might appear suddenly after you try to lift something too heavy or after you move the wrong way. In other cases, back pain can develop slowly and subtly.
Many patients with lower back pain suffer from a condition known as spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis describes a narrowing in the spinal column, a condition that puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerves.
Is my back pain caused by spinal stenosis?
Spinal stenosis is most common in patients over the age of 50 (both men and women). Younger patients may have spinal stenosis as a result of a birth defect or injury to the spinal column. Because the source of lower back pain can be complex, it’s important that you see a Phoenix spine surgeon or orthopaedic physician for a diagnosis.
Changes in the spine that may lead to spinal stenosis include (1) increase in bone and joint size, (2) development of bone spurs, and (3) thickening/hardening of tissue bands that support the spine. Both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis can lead to spinal stenosis.
What are the symptoms of spinal stenosis?
You may not experience any symptoms initially, as spinal stenosis can develop gradually as you age or as other conditions, such as arthritis, develop. Over time, symptoms may include:
- Neck or back pain
- Pain radiating down the leg
- Pain, numbness, or weakness in the arms or legs
What treatments are available?
Your primary care physician may refer you to a specialist for spinal stenosis treatment. As a spinal surgeon in Phoenix, I often treat spinal stenosis with injections and surgical methods if more conservative therapies, such as pain medication, have not provided a sufficient improvement in quality of life.
Schedule With a Phoenix Spine Surgeon at Hedley Ortho
If you’re suffering from lower back pain, please contact Hedley Orthopaedic Institute to find out what options may be available to you. Spinal stenosis treatments are available; contact us to learn more.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.