Spinal Stenosis is the narrowing of spaces within the spinal canal. The narrowing of spaces leaves less space for the spinal cord or nerves to function well, causing a variety of symptoms. Compression of the spinal cord or nerves can cause pain to radiate down the arms or legs, pins and needles, and numbness. It can also cause bowel, bladder, or sexual dysfunction. Sometimes patients report difficulty with their balance, and in severe cases, they may find themselves repeatedly falling over.
Spinal Stenosis usually affects the neck (cervical spine) and lower back (lumbar region). It is mostly caused by wear and tear due to ageing and osteoarthritis.
Spinal stenosis is of two types, classified based on their site:
Some symptoms of spinal stenosis are common to other spine disorders. Hence, our spine surgeon Dr. Sherief Eslayed looks into the finer details to discover the root cause of the problem. He begins the diagnosis with an interrogation of the complete medical history and physical examination.
Dr Sherief physically examines the area and asks the patient to perform a walking test or motion test involving certain bones and a set of muscles. To conclude better, he may seek the help of the following investigations:
Spine Stenosis is an age-related and common disorder. Many cases are helped with physical therapy, medicines, and sometimes steroid injections. However, delaying the stenosis treatment in Dubai may aggravate leads to poorer outcomes in the longer term.
The prescribed treatment depends upon the overall condition of the patient. Accordingly, the treatment is classified as
Surgery is an excellent option if leg symptoms are the predominant concern.
Occasionally urgent surgery is required – if there is weakness or loss of bladder/bowel / sexual function.
Surgery may also be suggested if there is
Surgery aims to decompress the compressed nerves and stabilize the vertebrae to give a long-term solution to spinal stenosis. Some surgical methods used are