Backpain Overview

Severe Spinal Stenosis

Stenosis is generally referred to as the narrowing of a body cavity and in the case of spinal stenosis, it implies to the narrowing of the spinal column. It is believed that the gradual progression of old age and the daily wear and tear of the body cause stenosis. It could also be due to the degeneration of the nerves. While some believe that spinal stenosis is a congenital condition and cannot be pre-diagnosed or prevented. Researches show that osteoarthritis (an arthritic condition), herniation of the discs, ligament changes, spine tumors and sometimes serious type of accidents may cause severe spinal stenosis.

There are a lot of options to treat severe spinal stenosis, according to the severity of the problem. In the mild and moderate cases, the physician prescribes non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or analgesics. Commonly, they are available as over-the-counter drugs or painkillers. In most of the cases, some stretching exercises and other types of physical therapies like yoga and aerobics is recommended.

But, for the most extreme cases of severe spinal stenosis, surgery is the only option. It becomes imperative to calculate the time of recovery it would take after surgery and the post-operative physical therapy which is necessary to recover. Before recommending surgery, your response to non-surgical medications is taken into account. However, in cases of severe spinal stenosis where there is extreme difficulty in walking and uneven functioning of the bowel the only option is surgery. Surgeries conducted to relieve severe spinal stenosis include, decompressive laminectomy and fusion lamintomy.