Spinal Stenosis: Foraminal & Central Canal
What is Spinal Stenosis?
Spinal Stenosis is a term used to describe when the spinal canal shrinks in size. The canal can shrink due to several factors. Often the cause of spinal stenosis is disc herniations. When the disc herniates, it occupies space that can interfere with the nerves in the spinal canal.
Another cause of spinal stenosis is when a ligament called the ligamentum flavum thickens and therefore shrinks the spinal canal. Sometimes these two issues can happen simultaneously and cause a severe interference of the nerves. The MRI above is an example of severe stenosis.
Conventional treatment for spinal stenosis without significant neurological compromise can include medications, physical therapy, and spinal injections. If there is significant neurological compromise, surgical intervention could be the best option. Ultimately each case is unique and some patients are candidates for non-surgical spinal decompression.
Non-surgical spinal decompression is a treatment that allows the disc herniation to shrink and heal. This opens the spinal or foraminal canal and relieves pressure from the irritated nerves. Properly selected patients enjoy an over 90% success rate with non-surgical spinal decompression.
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