What is Spinal Stenosis and What Are the Treatments?

Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spine’s passageways. This narrowing causes the nerves to become decompressed, which can result in pain, tingling, weakness, loss of balance, and immobility. These symptoms can seriously diminish your quality of life. Causes include herniated disc(s), osteoarthritis, displaced or fractures in vertebrae, thickened spinal ligaments and overgrowth of bone (“spurs”). Stenosis begins most commonly with aging, but may be present at birth with congenital stenosis.

The doctors at SpineOne can help you identify your spinal stenosis and understand what may have caused it. From there, we can recommend different treatment options that may include physical therapy or minimally invasive treatments. The symptoms of spinal stenosis can often be minimized or diminished, allowing you to resume normal activities after the treatment.

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Symptoms & Treatment


Symptoms of spinal stenosis will be dependent upon the location and severity of the problem. Here are some of the most common symptoms:

  • Pain, weakness, numbness and tingling in the extremeties
  • Difficulty walking or poor balance
  • Sciatica pain
  • Loss of bowel/bladder control


Treatment options for spinal stenosis may include:

  • Education
  • Physical therapy
  • Medications
  • Injections
  • Surgery (last option)

Typically, a combination of treatments works best to treat spinal stenosis.

Common Questions

Will I be able to stay active? 

Many people with spinal stenosis are able to resume their normal activities after treatment. You’ll want to speak with a physician that specializes in spinal stenosis, like the ones at SpineOne, to plan your particular treatment.

Where can I get treatment?  

SpineOne is Denver’s premier medical center for the treatment of spine-related conditions and disorders, including spinal stenosis. We recommend you call and schedule an appointment with one of our highly qualified physicians to get relief.

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