Stenosis is a condition where the openings in the spine get smaller. The problem of stenosis is the openings can get smaller and pinch your spinal cord or spinal nerves causing extreme pain depending on the location of where the nerve is being pinched. Gradually over time the pain will worsen so it is best to go to a doctor right away when you start to feel any symptoms of stenosis.
Symptoms of spinal stenosis
- Neck or Cervical Spine
- Tingling or weakness in a leg, foot or hand.
- Pain in neck, back, shoulders and arms.
- Cramping of the arms.
- Loss of coordination in the arms and hands.
- Balance problems.
- In severe cases nerves to the bladder or bowel can be affected.
- Lower back or Lumbar Spine
- Lower back pain.
- Cramping in the legs when standing for a long period of time.
- Walking or foot problems. Unable to walk long distances.
- Radiating pain with numbness, tingling and weakness in one or both legs.
- Stiffness in thighs.
- Loss of balance.
- Certain positions can affect the pain in your legs or feet.
- Standing and bending backward can make the pain worsen. Patients are usually more comfortable when they bend forward due to the increased space in the spinal canal.
Stenosis is often characterized as developing slowly over time. The pain is coming and going, occurring at during certain activities and positions you do daily. Most of the time the only relief one with stenosis finds is when they lay down and rest and or bend over in a forward position. If you are suffering with spinal stenosis click here and sign up for a FREE consultation at the Illinois Back Institute. Our treatment is a non-surgical, natural treatment that will help you live a pain-free life!