Doctors for Spinal Canal Stenosis in Old Thevara Road, Kochi
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SPINAL CANAL STENOSIS
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, resulting in a neurological deficit. Symptoms include pain, numbness, paraesthesia, and loss of motor control. The location of the stenosis determines which area of the body is affected.
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 stenosis is most common in men and women over 50 years old. Younger people who were born with a narrow spinal canal or who hurt their spines may also get spinal stenosis. Changes that occur in the spine as people get older are the most common cause of spinal stenosis. As people get older:
• The bands of tissue that support the spine may get thick and hard.
• Bones and joints may get bigger.
• Surfaces of the bones may bulge out (these are called bone spurs).