Molly brings us the blog for January, all about Spinal (Canal) Stenosis!
The spinal cord is the bundle of nerves running along your spine, sending messages between your brain and the rest of the body. You might have heard of the term “spinal stenosis”, or have read it in scan reports. It means the narrowing of the spinal canal, which houses your spinal cord along your back.
Spinal stenosis most commonly occurs in your lower back, the lumbar spine. Common causes of spinal stenosis are disc injuries, spinal arthritis, spinal injury, tumour, etc.
Spinal stenosis is not always symptomatic, but possible signs and symptoms can include:
- Back pain
- Nerve pain down in the leg
- Trouble walking
- Trouble standing for a period of time
- Sensation changes in the legs
- Weakness in the legs
- Bladder and bowel problems (more severe case)
- Sexual dysfunction (more severe case)
Management of spinal stenosis requires a good understanding of the cause of each case by the medical team. Some cases may require surgical interventions however many are managed with non- surgical interventions. Physiotherapy plays an important role in pre-hab and rehabilitation for surgical cases, and ongoing supervision and guidance for non-surgical cases.
If you would like to learn more about it, feel free to reach out to us, we are very happy to help you to be your best!