Are you feeling tingling and weakness in your limbs? These symptoms can be entirely benign. After all, tingling and weakness can happen after remaining in a fixed position, such as being seated for too long. However, chronic feelings of these symptoms, especially if accompanied by pain, can indicate spinal stenosis.
Spinal stenosis can be a progressive, debilitating condition caused by the narrowing of the spinal canal, which can place pressure on the spinal cord or nerves. Find out more about spinal stenosis, including how to identify it and how to treat it.
Where on the Spine Can It Occur?
Spinal stenosis can technically occur anywhere along the spine. The spinal canal is the hollow portion of the spine that is home to nerve roots and spinal cord. Where the narrowing of the spinal canal happens will typically correspond with the area experiencing symptoms. Typically, spinal stenosis affects the lumbar region or the lower back. However, spinal stenosis can affect the mid back and, what is considered the most serious, the cervical region or neck area.
How To Identify It?
The condition can lead to various symptoms depending on the severity of the stenosis and the accompanying spinal cord or nerve pressure. Sufferers of spinal stenosis may experience symptoms ranging from mild weakness to a drastic deterioration of fine motor skills.
If you notice changes to your gait, hand or arms control, shooting pains, numbness, or weakness, seek medical attention. Even if the cause is not spinal stenosis, these symptoms could be signs of a serious medical condition.
Work With Dr. Todd Albert for Spinal Stenosis Treatment
Spinal stenosis can be a serious condition. Working with a spine surgeon who is capable and knowledgeable can help you find the treatment to offer you relief.
Dr. Todd Albert has spent a lifetime advancing medical knowledge regarding the spine. Having published over 375 articles, his efforts in the field have been recognized with the Nicolas Andry Award, given by the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons for his contributions to the orthopedic spine surgery field.
There are many ways Dr. Albert can help you find relief. Beginning with non-surgical interventions and utilizing surgery if needed.
To work with Dr. Albert in New York, NY, call 202-606-1004 or request an appointment online.