Doctors for Spinal Canal Stenosis in Emirates, Kochi
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SPINAL CANAL STENOSIS
Spinal Canal Stenosis is a condition in which the spinal column narrows and starts compressing the spinal cord. This process is typically gradual and if the narrowing is minimal, no symptoms will occur. However, to much narrowing can compress the nerves and cause problems. While the symptoms of Spinal Canal Stenosis progress over time, some of the signs include leg or arm weakness, numbness in the legs, balance problems and lower back pain while walking.
HOW IS SPINAL CANAL STENOSIS DIAGNOSED?
To diagnose spinal stenosis, the doctor will ask about medical history and conduct a physical exam. The doctor may also order one or more tests, such as:
• X rays
• Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) - a test that uses radio waves to look at the spine
• Computerized axial tomography (CAT) - a series of x rays that give the doctor a detailed image of your spine
• Myelogram - a test in which the doctor injects liquid dye into your spinal column
• Bone scan - a test in which the patients are given a shot of radioactive substance that shows where bone is breaking down or being formed.
HOW IS SPINAL CANAL STENOSIS TREATED?
Treatment for Spinal Canal Stenosis depends on the location and severity of the condition. Medications like NSAIDs, muscle relaxants, anti-seizure, anti-depressants are given for controlling pain and reducing inflammation. Physical therapy is given for people affected with Spinal Canal Stenosis for increasing their mobility, strength and endurance
DID YOU KNOW?
Spinal Canal Stenosis is usually caused by wear and tear changes in the spine due to osteoarthritis