Spinal Narrowing Symptoms
The symptoms of spinal narrowing vary depending on the location of the condition. For some, this condition causes neck pain. For others, it may lead to lower back or sciatic pain. However, the important thing to understand about this condition is that, on its own, the narrowing of the spinal canal is typically asymptomatic.
Neck and back pain develop as a direct result of the presence of a compressed nerve accompanying the narrowing of the spinal canal. Otherwise, the individual may remain entirely unaware of his or her condition. Continue reading to learn how to detect this condition and how it impacts different parts of the body.
Signs of Spinal Narrowing
In the event that spinal narrowing results in nerve compression, a number of uncomfortable symptoms can develop, including:
- Localized pain
- Radiating pain along the affected nerve
- Muscle weakness
- Numbness or tingling
- Sciatic pain
The Location Variable
The symptoms associated with nerve compression depend on the specific nerve that is irritated or compressed. Different nerves stimulate different muscle groups and tissue throughout the body, so nerve compression in the spinal column can result in symptoms in various parts of the body:• Cervical — head, neck, shoulders, arms, wrists, hands, and fingers
- Cervical — head, neck, shoulders, arms, wrists, hands, and fingers
- Thoracic — torso, abdomen, and shoulders
- Lumbar — lower back, buttocks, thighs, calves, feet, and toes
- Sacrum — pelvis and reproductive organs
Treating Spinal Narrowing
If you experience any symptoms of spinal narrowing and nerve compression, it is usually necessary to visit your doctor to determine the best course of treatment for your condition. In most cases, a series of conservative treatments will prove effective in treating spinal stenosis, although some patients may require spinal surgery to completely relieve their symptoms.
At BEST Health System, we believe in a comprehensive approach to surgery. Our treatment begins with conservative therapies including physical therapy or pain management solutions. Contact BEST today to learn more about conservative therapy and minimally invasive surgery with our team.