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Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis, the narrowing of the spinal canal, places pressure on the nerve roots or the spinal cord. The location of the stenosis is identified in relation to the part of the spine that is affected--lumbar spinal stenosis for the lower part, and cervical spinal stenosis for the upper part of the spinal cord.

While some patients are born with spinal stenosis, the most common cause is simply the aging process. It's more likely to see stenosis in patients over the age of 50--many with few, if any, symptoms. Other causes of spinal stenosis include herniated discs, bone and joint enlargement, spondylolisthesis, and bone spurs. Any of these conditions may cause spinal canal narrowing, leading to pressure on the nerve roots running up and down the spinal canal.

Surgery for Spinal Stenosis
Spinal stenosis is diagnosed through a series of efforts. First, the doctor should rule out other medical conditions that can present with similar symptoms. A complete medical history and physical examination is necessary for obtaining genetic predisposition to spinal abnormalities, evaluating current medications, and more. Tests may include X-rays, MRI, CT scan, myelogram, or a bone scan.

In the case of severe spinal stenosis, surgery may be the only answer to obtain relief from the symptoms. There's no reason to settle for invasive open surgery with an extended recovery time. Simply send your recent MRI film to The Bonati Institute for a free analysis and treatment recommendation. With minimal bleeding and muscle tissue disruption, the recovery time after a typical Bonati Procedure is very rapid.

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