Are you having chronic back or lower back pain and ache? If you’re age 50 and older you may be suffering from spinal stenosis.
Spinal stenosis causes your spine to narrow. This narrowing may occur at:
- the center of your spine
- between the bones of the spine
- in the canals branching off your spine
Spinal stenosis narrowing puts pressure on your nerves and spinal cord, which causes your symptoms. Typical symptoms of spinal stenosis are:
In the absence of severe symptoms or progressive nerve involvement, initial treatments for a spinal stenosis usually include:
Chiropractic treatments and acupuncture may also offer some relief.
Applying heat (heating pad) offers some a relief to chronic back pain symptoms. Also, many find pain relief by sitting or flexing their lower back.
In many cases, the condition causing spinal stenosis cannot be permanently altered through nonsurgical treatment. Though these treatment methods may relieve chronic pain for a period of time.
Back surgery is your last resort treatment for severe spinal stenosis, yet all surgeries carry risks. Common dangers of spinal stenosis surgery are:
These complications can be treated, but they prolong your chronic or lower back pain recovery.
The presence of other diseases and your physical condition are factors to consider when making your decision about surgery.