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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Spinal Stenosis (Definition)

A medical condition in which the openings where the nerves leave the spine are narrowed. As a result of the narrowed openings, nerves can get pinched off, leading to symptoms such as pain, ...Read more


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Can a rearend car accident cause cervical spinal stenosis and hyperextention of the neck?

Can a rearend car accident cause cervical spinal stenosis and hyperextention of the neck?

yes : If the force of your motor vehicle accident was sufficient to displace an intervertebral disc in your cervical spine, this may cause stenosis. ...Read more

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What causes spinal stenosis?

What causes spinal stenosis?

Several things: Spinal stenosis can be congenital but is also acquired with aging, or trauma, by either arthritis, herniated discs or even vertebral collapse as people age, which can result in vertebra slipping across each other which can cause stenosis too. It is important to see a neurosurgeon for evaluation, or a orthopedist who specializes in the spine, for full evaluation and treatment, surgery is an option. ...Read more

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What causes spinal stenosis?

Born with or develop: Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal leading to compression of nerve tissue. You can be born with it or you can develop it with age related or degenerative changes or acquire it through deformities/instabilities or with disc herniations, synovial cysts or after some spine fractures. ...Read more

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Can a herniated disc cause spinal stenosis?

Yes: Technically, spinal stenosis is defined as a narrowing of the nerve canal and a disc herniation can definitely cause narrowing of the canal. ...Read more

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What causes spinal stenosis in someone who is 44? I also have lupus & ra. The pain has been debilitating for two weeks now, what are my options?

What causes spinal stenosis in someone who is 44? I also have lupus & ra. The pain has been debilitating for two weeks now, what are my options?

Many prospects: Stenosis may be caused by any structure that occupies space in the spinal canal leading to crowding of the nerve roots. This could include bulging/herniating discs, thickening of the joints or ligaments and the presence of cysts. This can occur with a single entity or any combination of structures. However, pain may also not be due to stenosis. It could be inflammation, poor blood flow, etc. ...Read more

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Can repeated injury to neck face back during grand mal seizures cause spinal stenosis?

Can repeated injury to neck face back during grand mal seizures cause spinal stenosis?

Spinal stenosis: Spinal stenosis is narrowing of the spinal canal and can occur because of any structure encroaching upon that space. It can be congenital or something that you are born with. It is commonly caused by disc bulging or herniation, facet joint hypertrophy (overgrowth) from arthritis, or ligament buckling. Trauma as you described could lead to a bulging disc or arthritis with time. ...Read more

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Will a previous lumbar fracture cause spinal stenosis in the future?

Will a previous lumbar fracture cause spinal stenosis in the future?

Sometimes: A prior lumbar fracture can cause spinal stenosis if some of the fracture fragments get pushed into the spinal canal where the nerves are. Usually the fracture will cause stenosis acutely around the time of the fracture and not usually in the distant future. However, some fractures can result in delayed stenosis and should be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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Ten years of back pain troubles caused ddd and spinal stenosis, seems to be lumbar spondylitis related. Tried 1 celebrex (celecoxib) 200mg and helps! any advice?

Ten years of back pain troubles caused ddd and spinal stenosis, seems to be lumbar spondylitis related. Tried 1 celebrex (celecoxib) 200mg and helps! any advice?

? obvious answer?: Celebrex (celecoxib) is still on the market for exactly such situations, particularly if "garden-variety" nsaids have not worked. You need to discuss the risks of long-term use vs. The benefits of treatment / pain relief with your dr to make educated choice if long term use good for you. ...Read more

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During a seizure got a very bad contusion on my spine from the fall also causing spinal stenosis. Chronic pain persists yet all drs dismiss my pain.

During a seizure got a very bad contusion on my spine from the fall also causing spinal stenosis.  Chronic pain persists yet all drs dismiss my pain.

Discuss with MD: Very difficult scenario. The spine contusion should improve with time at your age, this maybe helped with some physical therapy and pain meds. If it is persistent chronic you may benefit from a spine specialist or interventional pain specialist. ...Read more

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Mri said I have hypertrophied facet joint causing moderate central spinal stenosis for which microd/hemilaminotomy done can I ever play soccer again?

Mri said I have hypertrophied facet joint causing moderate central spinal stenosis for which microd/hemilaminotomy done can I ever play soccer again?

Spine surgery: I believe exercise is good for the spine. I would allow you to play soccer only after physical therapy and proper back education. The microdiskectomy will decrease the pain you had before, but nw is the time to be smart, rehab the back and slowly return o activity. ...Read more

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How can they determine if my foot drop is being caused by my Ms or Spinal Stenosis? I am having an EMG done in Sept. will this help tell which one?

Quite simple: If you have spinal stenosis, your L-5 nerve root may well be compressed, but alternatively, you could even possess a peroneal nerve problem. An EMG can clarify totally, and if negative, the foot drop would be more likely due to spinal cord involvement in MS. If the latter, you should be treated for a relapse. ...Read more

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Had an MRI and dont understand results. "large posterior disk extrusion contacting the anterior spinal cord and causing severe spinal canal stenosis.

Had an MRI and dont understand results.  "large posterior disk extrusion contacting the anterior spinal cord and causing severe spinal canal stenosis.

Spinal Stenosis: Did a doctor explain to you the results or did you just obtain a copy? In general you have a protruding disc (not sure if neck or back) that is impinging on the spinal canal and resulting in narrowing of the canal. I would imagine you are having pain, weakness, numbness? ...Read more

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Can spinal stenosis cause permanent damage?

Can spinal stenosis cause permanent damage?

Yes: Left alone, you can develop weakness, pain and or numbness. Decompressive laminectomy (unroofing of the spinal canal) can help. ...Read more

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Can spinal stenosis cause sexual dysfuction?

Can spinal stenosis cause sexual dysfuction?

Yes: Any compromise of the spinal cord can affect the nerves responsible for erections. ...Read more

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Can cervical spinal stenosis be caused by a fall?

Can cervical spinal stenosis be caused by a fall?

Yes: Congenital spinal stenosis means that the spinal canal has a narrow diameter because you're born that way. Cervical degenerative spine disease can also lead to stenosis. A fall can result in a herniation or slipped disc and result in spinal stenosis. ...Read more

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Stricture (Definition)

A stricture is an anatomic narrowing of any structure in the body with a lumen. Depending on the organ, the underlying causes can be traumatic, ...Read more


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Stenosis (Definition)

Constriction or narrowing of something - duct, artery, passage way such as the outlet of the stomach into the small ...Read more