You may think you’re having back or neck pain from a pulled muscle or some other simple injury. However, you may actually be suffering from a condition called spinal stenosis. If you’re experiencing back pain, neck pain or other symptoms, you may want to find out if spinal stenosis is the cause of your symptoms.
What is spinal stenosis?
When the spaces that run through your spine get narrower, this is called spinal stenosis. This condition is most likely to occur in the lower back or neck, and it often leads to pinched spinal nerves. In fact, conditions like sciatica, or pinching of the sciatic nerve, are often the result of the narrowing associated with stenosis. According to the National Institutes of Health, stenosis typically affects men and women over 50. However, this condition isn’t limited to this age group.
One of the most common causes of stenosis is natural aging. However, there are many other factors that can lead to this condition. For instance, arthritis of the spine can lead to spinal narrowing. Injuries to the spine from car accidents or sports can also lead to stenosis. Even factors like having too much fluoride in your body or calcium deposits on spinal ligaments can lead to stenosis.
Symptoms that may be coming from spinal stenosis
There are several common symptoms that patients with stenosis tend to have. One of these symptoms is unexplained numbness, tingling or muscle weakness in some areas of the body. These areas may include your hands, arms, legs or feet. People with this condition often also have trouble walking. They also commonly have issues maintaining their balance while sitting or standing. However, the most common symptom experienced by stenosis patients is pain in the neck or back.
Armor Physical Therapy can design a treatment plan for your spinal stenosis
If you or someone you know has stenosis of the spine, Armor Physical Therapy has a team in Holland, Michigan that’s here to help. We can design a treatment plan for this condition that may include physical therapy techniques such as:
Are you worried it will be difficult to get our help? Don’t be! All it takes to begin your therapy with us is one easy step.
Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.