What is Foraminal Stenosis?
The foraminal passageways are what allow nerves from the spinal cord to branch out and travel to the rest of your body. These foraminal passageways are easily damaged and are susceptible to deterioration. Foraminal stenosis is when the foraminal passageways become obstructed or when something causes these passageways to narrow.
When the foraminal passageways are obstructed or narrowed, they can begin to put pressure on the nerves that are traveling through them. Compressed nerves cause pain as well as other frustrating complications. If left untreated, foraminal stenosis can lead to permanent and life altering conditions. However, if quick medical attention is given, many of these permanent symptoms can be avoided.
What causes Foraminal Stenosis?
Foraminal stenosis is caused by age-related degeneration of your vertebra. While this is the primary cause, there are other factors that can contribute to the severity of the symptoms you experience. Some examples of these factors include:
- Bone spurs
- Herniated disc
- Joint swelling
There are also lifestyle choices that may increase your chances of developing foraminal stenosis. These include wearing improper footwear, not getting enough exercise, and smoking. Genetic conditions may make you predisposed to foraminal stenosis.
What are the symptoms of Foraminal Stenosis?
The symptoms of foraminal stenosis vary depending on the part of the spinal column that is being obstructed. You will experience different symptoms if foraminal stenosis is affecting your cervical spine as opposed to your thoracic or lumbar spine. Additionally, the severity of the stenosis will change the symptoms you are experiencing. General symptoms may include:
- Muscle weakness
- Pins and needles sensation
- Pain when engaging in everyday activities
- Unexplained problems with your extremities
Treating and Diagnosing Foraminal Stenosis
IF YOU’VE BEEN DEALING WITH FORAMINAL STENOSIS FOR SOME TIME, IT MAY FEEL LIKE PAIN IS AN INEVITABLE PART OF YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE. WITH INDIVIDUALIZED CARE, OUR TEAM OF MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS IS COMMITTED TO HELPING YOU LIVE A PAIN FREE LIFE.
During the initial consultation, we will discuss your symptoms as well as your health history. We may recommend a physical evaluation as well as imaging tests to give us a better idea of what’s causing your symptoms. Once we have formed a clear picture of the challenges you face, we will work with you in creating a treatment plan that meets your individual needs and your unique health history.
Pain does not need to be a constant in your life. You can get back to living the life you had before foraminal stenosis. We can show you how. Contact us today.