I did some research and wanted to share what I found so you can pray for her and others with this disease.
In the illustration of lumbar stenosis (above right), the narrowing is caused by thickening of the spinal ligaments.
Spinal Stenosis Symptoms
Spinal Stenosis Causes and Risk Factors
- Development problems in the spine before birth
- Poor posture and body mechanics
- Degenerative disc disease
- Diseases such as arthritis, scoliosis, osteoporosis and lordosis (sway back)
Diagnosing Spinal Stenosis
- X-rays, which can help rule out tumors, injuries or other abnormalities
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which can help detect damage or disease in the soft tissues such as the discs or ligaments.
- Computed tomography (CT) scan, which can show the shape, size and nearby structures of the spinal canal.
- Myelogram, in which an opaque dye is injected into the spinal column followed by an X-ray. This can show pressure on the spinal cord or nerves from herniated discs, bone spurs or tumors.
- Bone scan, which can detect fractures, tumors, infections and arthritis
Treating Spinal Stenosis
- Foraminotomy, removal of bone and soft tissues to enlarge a passage for the nerve
- Surgical decompression, a procedure to free space for the nerves in the spinal canal. A number of different surgical methods are commonly used to achieve decompression, including laminectomy, laminotomy, laminoplasty, foramenotomy and anterior discectomy.
Resources at Cedars-Sinai
- Orthopaedic Center
- Spine Center
- Department of Neurosurgery
- Pediatric Neurosurgery Program
- Pediatric Surgical Services
- S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center
- Pain Center