Spinal Stenosis in older people
Older people mostly suffer from back pain which can make it quite difficult for them to perform the simplest of daily tasks. One of the reasons for the back pain could be Spinal Stenosis. Spinal Stenosis in the lumbar spine is the most common cause of lower back pain, especially in older adults over the age of 50. It is the abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal that ultimately leads to surgery, as the spinal cord or nerve roots gets damaged severely by Spinal Stenosis. It is the most common health issue among older people that results in extreme pain and disability.
Aging is the prime cause of Spinal Stenosis, as it leads to the spaces in the spine to become narrow. As people age, they get diagnosed with other spinal disorders such as Spondylolisthesis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Arthritis, Herniated Disc, Osteoporosis and spinal tumors, that lead to Spinal Stenosis. Other causes may include broken facet joints, bone spurs developing on the bone and into the spinal canal, thickening of spinal ligaments and formation of cysts on the facet joints. Sometimes, congenital deformities can also be a cause for Spinal Stenosis.
Spinal Stenosis occurs throughout the spine but mainly in the lower back which is called Lumbar Spinal Stenosis. Spinal Stenosis in the neck is called Cervical Spinal Stenosis and is more dangerous as it affects the spinal cord. While some people don’t experience any symptoms, others may suffer from pain, numbness, tingling and muscle weakness in arms and legs. Older patients who suffer from Spinal Stenosis complain of neck pain, discomfort while standing, pain or weakness in the arms, shoulders and hands, thigh pain and knee pain. If not treated, the symptoms can worsen over time and can also lead to other spinal disorders like Myelopathy, which is a serious condition that causes major body weakness and paralysis. Spinal Stenosis can also gravely affect bladder movement, bowel movement or cause sexual dysfunction.
For mild Spinal Stenosis, Orthopaedists suggest physical therapy, exercises and medicines to relieve back pain, neck pain and inflammation to older patients. Weight loss regimen also needs to be followed in order to slow down the progression of Spinal Stenosis. To keep your spinal health in check and to prevent Spinal Stenosis, you should follow some healthy habits like exercising daily, eating healthy, sleeping in a better position, maintaining good posture while sitting, reducing stress and quitting smoke. But when the problem is persistent for a long period of time, surgeries like Decompressive Laminectomy, Herniated Disc Surgery, Disc Replacement Surgery, Sciatica Surgery, Spinal Cord Treatment, Sciatic Nerve Treatment can also be opted. Decompressive Laminectomy is the most common type of surgery done for the treatment of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis that affects the lower back. It is done to relieve pressure on the nerve roots caused by age-related changes in the spine, which helps relieve pain and allows you to resume normal daily activities. Decompressive Laminectomy is also done to treat other conditions like spinal injury, herniated disc and tumors.
If you’re looking for guidance of a trusted surgeon, one such experienced and renowned Spine Surgeon in South India is Dr. Subodh M. Shetty, who has expertise in Spine Surgeries, Joint Surgeries and provides lower back pain treatment, neck pain treatment and Herniated Disc Surgery. He is a specialist in treating slipped disc or herniated disc problems of the neck and lower back using minimal invasion techniques and has also been treating Paediatric Spine problems with deformities, Traumatic Spine Infections, hunchback problems and performs Sciatica Pain Treatment in Bangalore with an excellent record. Dr. Subodh M. Shetty’s expertise is in the treatment of spine disorders, Revision Spine Surgery, Spinal Cord Treatment, Sciatic Nerve Treatment and is the best spine doctor in South Bangalore.
Dr. Subodh M. Shetty can be available for consultation at SMS Spine and Ortho Clinic at Koramangala and Banashankari, South Bangalore, India. Apart from the clinic, he also practices in hospitals like Apollo Spectra Hospitals, SSNMC Super Specialty Hospital, Sagar Hospitals and ProMed Hospital. For further information on Spinal Stenosis and other spinal problems, please visit the page.
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