The spinal cord is an important yet delicate structure that extends down the length of the back. Around it are dozens of vertebrae, bones that provide both stability and protection. In a healthy back, the canal that the vertebrae create provides enough room for the spinal cord and its nerve roots. Under some circumstances, though, this canal can narrow and place pressure on sections of the spinal cord. This condition, known as spinal stenosis, can cause severe pain and other disabling side effects. Depending on the location of the stenosis, some sufferers may even lose sensation in their lower extremities or control of their elimination functions. While older age is often a determinant of spinal stenosis, other conditions such as disc herniation and bone spurs can also lead to this problem.
Do you suffer from chronic back pain? Get to the root of your discomfort. Call Brandon Regional Hospital at (888) 327-2636 to speak with a Consult-A-Nurse about your symptoms and receive a referral to one of our Hillsborough County orthopedic specialists.