Stenosis, by definition, means narrowing. Spinal stenosis refers to the slow progressive narrowing of the space in your spine reserved for your spinal cord and other spinal nerves. It is a condition that becomes more common as we age and can have a severe impact on our daily lifestyle and activity level if left untreated.
Think about spinal stenosis as if the walls of your spine are slowly closing in on your spinal cord. If left untreated, the walls will eventually crush in on the cord making the section practically useless while causing enormous amounts of pain.
Spinal stenosis is not something that happens overnight, it is almost always preceded by more common conditions such as bone spurs, disc herniations, disc bulges, disc tears or scarring from previous treatments. Over time, if these other conditions are left un-treated, stenosis of the spine will occur so it is very important to be pro-active in dealing with your pain.
Dr. Nasser is highly trained in spinal stenosis and encourages patients to ask questions and be pro-active in their physical medicine rehabilitation. Procedures may be necessary for treating stenosis and additional conditions that may have been diagnosed.