Radiculopathy

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Spinal stenosis

Spinal stenosis is one of the medical issues that can lead to radiculopathy. What is this condition? It involves an unusual narrowing of the person's spinal canal. The term "stenosis" simply refers to that narrowing.

Symptoms

The symptoms that can be experienced by a patient who has spinal stenosis are similar to those that are related to radiculopathy. For instance, pain may be felt by the individual. Paresthesia, involving sensations like numbness, may also be part of the situation. This is not an exhaustive list of symptoms that may be undergone by the patient.

Cervical spinal stenosis

In this form, the narrowing occurs in the area of the neck. In many cases, it is the result of of a chronic situation of degeneration. However, it can also be congenital in nature (that is, being present at birth or even before then). In many cases, the treatment offered for this condition is surgery. For information related to this form and radiculopathy, consider reading about cervical radiculopathy.


Lumbar spinal stenosis

In this situation, the stenosis that takes place happens at the level of the person's lower back. Typically, this is brought on by degeneration of the spine that is a usual occurrence during the process of aging. However, other things can also lead to it. For instance, it can be caused by a herniated disc. Osteoporosis is another medical condition that can lead to this form of stenosis. Like the cervical form, this lumbar kind can also be congenital.

As far as symptoms are concerned, once again, pain is a potential item on the list. The legs may various sensations, including tingling, weakness, numbness, cramps, and more. It is also possible for the bladder to be affected by certain symptoms.

Diagnosis

The method usually preferred for diagnosing spinal stenosis is MRI. However, if narrowing is found, it doesn't always indicate that the actual condition of spinal stenosis is present, unless the patient also displays certain medical signs that are related to that.

Treatment

In terms of the lumbar form, an operation known as laminectomy is considered to be the most effective method of treatment. Although medication is sometimes given, it seems that the usefulness of that, in the long run, does not have a lot of evidence behind it. However, medication may still be useful in terms of relieving pain.

You can read further on causes of radiculopathy, or go right to the home page for basic details.