Talking to Your Doctor About Spinal Stenosis

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One of the most common reasons someone has to have spinal surgery – and the most common reason for people 60 years of age and older – is spinal stenosis. This painful condition can be extremely frustrating, and it typically caused by wear and tear as we age. If you are dealing with this problem and your pain has increased to the point that it interferes with your everyday activities, it is probably time to have a talk with your doctor.

Causes of Spinal Stenosis

Again, spinal stenosis is mainly due to the changes in the spine that take place as we get older and go through normal wear and tear. There are several common symptoms associated with the problem, such as cramping, numbness, weakness and, of course, pain. A typical complaint is that a person may feel like his or her legs have been stuck with pins and needles. Most people’s symptoms worsen when they walk and subside when they rest.

Treatment Options

Spinal stenosis can typically be treated in one of two ways, conservatively or through surgery. If conservative treatments are not effective, you can either choose to live with the pain. You and your doctor will have a thorough, detailed conversation about whether a surgical procedure would be right for you.

One of the positive things about the condition is that there will likely not be a sense of urgency as far as when to have the surgery performed if you choose this option. But if you are having weakness in your legs that is getting worse, then you should explore your alternatives as soon as you can because you may be at risk for long-term nerve damage.

There is also a chance that you could have a minimally invasive procedure to treat your spinal stenosis and relieve your pain. If you would like to learn more about this and other treatment options, get in touch with Advanced Spine & Orthopedics. Call 817-310-8783 or contact us online.