Spinal Stenosis2018-04-12T14:31:02+00:00

Spinal Stenosis

What is spinal stenosis?

Spinal stenosis refers to the narrowing of spaces within a person’s backbone, or spine, that generates undue pressure on both the nerves and spinal cord. Nearly 75 percent of all spinal stenosis cases happen in an individual’s lumbar spine (lower back). In many cases, stenosis along with narrowing of the spine often constrict the nerve root, therefore causing acute pain down the back of the patient’s leg.

Causes

There are several possible causes of the condition, some of which may include the following:

Heredity

If a person’s spinal canal is excessively small at birth, sometimes symptoms may show up in a fairly young individual. Certain structural abnormalities of the vertebrae can lead to the narrowing of a person’s spinal canal.

Aging

As people naturally age, their ligaments (connective tissues in-between each bone within the spine) can sometimes thicken. Small growths, or spurs, can start to form on the bones and even into the spinal canal. Over time, the cushioning disks located in-between the vertebrae can start to weaken. The facet joints, which are flat surfaces that form the spinal column on each vertebra, can also start to deteriorate as well. Every one of these factors may encourage the spaces within the spine to start narrowing.

Trauma

Certain injuries and accidents can either produce burst fractures that cause bone fragments to penetrate the canal or dislocate the spinal canal and spine altogether.

Arthritis

Two common types of arthritis that can potentially impact the spine are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

Spine Tumors

Irregular growths of soft tissue could have a direct effect on the spinal canal by growing tissue in the canal or by producing inflammation. Tissue growth can result in bone resorption (loss of bone from overactive bone cells) or perhaps bone displacement of bone along with the collapse of the spinal column’s supporting framework.

Spondylolisthesis (spine instability)

Spondylolisthesis is the condition when one vertebra eventually slips forward onto another one and subsequently narrows the spinal canal.

Symptoms

Key symptoms of spinal stenosis may include lower back pain and/or leg pain. Stenosis can pinch a person’s nerves that work to control muscle strength and sensation within the legs. Other symptoms often include the following:

  • Cold or hot sensations in the legs along with tingling or numbness
  • Difficulty or pain when walking
  • Frequent clumsiness or tendency to fall down

Serving a number of patients throughout the Atlanta, GA and surrounding areas, V. K. Puppala, M.D. takes a unique approach to effectively managing his patients’ pain by incorporating a variety of minimally invasive interventional techniques. Dr. Puppala uses practical restoration and good medication management in order to greatly benefit his patients. Dr. Puppala cares deeply for all his patients and treats them with deep respect, compassion, and is genuinely concerned about returning them to a pain-free, normal lifestyle. If you are suffering from pain due to spinal stenosis call 770-627-7246 or 770-MAP-PAIN to schedule an appointment today at his practice in Villa Rica, Georgia.

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