People who experience a narrowing of the spine, in one or multiple areas, suffer from a condition known as spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis can follow a spinal injury; it can be diagnosed in young and elderly alike; it can affect any area of the spine; and patients have several different treatment options depending on cause, type, location and severity.
There are several different types of spinal stenosis, including:
- Congenital stenosis: a narrowing that is present when the child is born and can progress into spinal stenosis later in life.
- Foraminal stenosis: this occurs with the passageways housing the nerves become constricted and narrow.
- Degenerative spinal stenosis: this is typically diagnosed in older adults and is a result of aging on the bones, such as degenerative disc disease or osteoporosis
- Central spinal stenosis: a narrowing of the spinal canal.
Exact diagnosis is essential in identifying the affected area and prescribing proper treatment, and at Atlanta Spine Surgery, managing complex spinal conditions, such as stenosis, is our area of expertise.