What is Canal Stenosis?
Canal stenosis occurs when the spinal canal is obstructed by a damaged component of the spine, such as a herniated disc, bulging disc, or bone spur. Many people with canal stenosis do not recognize they have a condition. Sometimes, it can be found from imaging for another reason or random, sporadic back pain.
This condition can lead to back pain and neck pain which can limit your ability to enjoy your daily life. While this condition often develops due to the effects of the natural aging process, there are several ways to reduce your chances of developing canal stenosis.
Canal Stenosis Prevention
There are several ways that you can decrease your likelihood of developing one of the conditions that can cause canal stenosis. They include:
- Maintaining a healthy weight. One of the most prominent causes of the development of degenerative spine conditions is obesity. The spine endures a great deal of wear and tear through the years, and having to support extra weight only increases the stress it is under.
- Exercising regularly. Strengthening the muscles around the spine can help to reduce the stress the spine endures on a daily basis.
- Limiting alcohol usage. Avoid heavy alcohol use as it can lead to weight gain.
- Eliminating tobacco and nicotine usage. Smoking and other forms of nicotine use can limit the blood flow to the spinal discs, as well as inhibit bone healing.
- Avoiding contact sports. Exercising consistently is very important. However, some intense sports can actually increase ones chances of developing this condition.
A daily regimen of conservative treatments such as hot/cold therapy, pain medications, physical therapy, and stretching has been shown to help relieve the symptoms of canal stenosis for many patients. Alternative treatments such as chiropractic care, acupuncture, and yoga may also help keep the symptoms of this common condition in check. For some patients, however, surgery becomes an option if they are not experiencing the results they desire.
Surgical intervention may be necessary if conservative efforts are ineffective. Through the use of modern technology, surgeons are now able to complete these procedures without the need for large incisions. BEST Health System is the industry leader in minimally invasive care. Even compared to other minimally invasive surgical providers, BEST is setting the blueprint for true minimally invasive care. Contact our team to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services. Put an end to your back pain now and for all.