Spinal Stenosis is an abnormal narrowing (stenosis) of the spinal canal that may occur in any of the regions of the spine. This narrowing causes a restriction to the spinal canal or spinal cord or nerves, resulting in a neurological deficit.
Spinal stenosis symptoms can include one or more of the following:
- Pain running down leg or arm
- Pain in the neck or back
- Burning sensation in legs or arms
- Numbness or cramping in the thighs or feet
- Abnormal bladder and/or bowel functions
- Loss of sexual function
Damage to a spinal disc can create local inflammation or swell into the spinal canal and put pressure on the spinal cord or nerve root. Pressure to this nerve tissue likely causes the pain in the affected regions.
Proper and thorough examination and evaluation are often needed to uncover the source of the problem. If it is determined that the pain is discogenic, that is resulting from a problem with the disc, then spinal decompression therapy may very well be the best and most appropriate approach to fixing the problem and eliminating the problem, for good.