Spinal stenosis is a painful condition characterized by the spine becoming narrow and compressing the nerves inside.
What are the symptoms?
The pain that occurs as a result of spinal stenosis often occurs in the buttocks or leg, and is sometimes accompanied by back pain. It is typically enough to interfere with daily activities. You can also experience cramping or weakness in your legs. You may notice that the pain increases with activity and only worsens with time.
What are the causes of spinal stenosis?
Spinal stenosis can occur just from wear and tear due to aging. It can also be caused by spinal injuries, disc herniation, and tumors. In some cases, spondylolisthesis (the backward or forward slipping of a vertebra) can lead to spinal stenosis.
How is it treated?
An epidural can deliver anti-inflammatory medicine to the fluid surrounding the spinal cord to reduce pain. In fact, many types of injections containing corticosteroids can be used to reduce inflammation and relieve pressure. Nerve blocks prevent pain signals from traveling from the nerves to the brain.