Foraminal narrowing, also known as foraminal stenosis, occurs when the spinal nerve becomes compressed. Spinal nerve roots run through the foramina and out into the rest of the body. As the foramina becomes narrowed, pressure may be placed on the nerve roots and could inflict pain throughout the body. Narrowing can occur in the cervical and lumbar regions of the spine.
Causes of Foraminal Narrowing
Although there has been no specific cause of foraminal narrowing found, there are a few leading causes that can be attributed to this condition:
- Age: The risk of developing a spinal condition becomes greater as natural wear and tear occurs over the years.
- Existing conditions: Conditions like bulging discs, herniated discs, bone spurs and other spinal conditions may lead to foraminal narrowing.
- Obesity: Excess weight could cause a shift in the spine’s anatomy and contribute to the narrowing of the foramina.
- Trauma: Traumatic accidents or sports injuries can lead to this condition.
Symptoms Foraminal Narrowing
As the nerve roots become compressed, a variety of symptoms may be presented. Below are some of the most common signs of foraminal narrowing:
- Chronic pain throughout the body
- Muscle weakness
- Numbness and tingling
- Muscle spasms
Our board-certified spine specialists aim to treat spinal conditions with the leading treatment options. Through an exhaustive consultation, we are able to identify the spinal condition and customize a treatment plan. Most cases of foraminal narrowing can be treated through more controlled forms of treatment. Conservative treatment options may include medication and various therapies. If symptoms persist, then our spine specialists may recommend our minimally invasive spine surgery.
If you are interested in finding relief from your chronic pain, please contact our friendly staff at OC Spine Center and book your appointment today.