Spinal stenosis refers to the narrowing of the spaces between the spine, which increases the pressure placed on the nerve roots and spinal cord.
It tends to occur in the neck and lower back, and has associated symptoms of weakness, pain and numbness in the arms or legs. Sometimes, it can be asymptomatic.
In serious cases, surgery may be necessary to create extra space for the spinal cord and nerve roots, thus reducing the pressure placed on them.
Depending on the location of the stenosis and the nerves affected, there are two types:
Occurring in the neck area, symptoms include: numbness, weakness, pain and tingling sensations in the hand, arm, foot or leg; balance issues; neck pain; or even the sudden onset of bowel or bladder problems.
Occurring in the lower back area, it is the most common form of spinal stenosis and symptoms include: numbness, weakness, pain and tingling sensations in the foot or leg (especially when walking or standing for extended periods of time); back pain.
Depending on the severity and type of spinal injury, a suitable treatment plan will be tailored to your specific . This may include:
Dr Chua is an Orthopaedic and Spine Surgeon with over 20 years of experience treating back and neck issues, which are commonly associated with the spine.
He is particularly passionate about treating conditions of the spine not only because it relieves pain, but because it also has the potential to reverse paralysis to a certain extent, which means a great deal to patients.READ MORE