The Causes of Spinal Stenosis

Causes of Spinal Stenosis

Stenosis is a condition of the spine brought on by nerve compression in the spinal column, usually caused by either injury, or more commonly, gradual degeneration as a result of the natural aging process. Until we can cure aging, the best deterrent for chronic pain in the late stages of life is to such deterioration.

About Spinal Stenosis

The area within the spinal column that protects the fragile spinal cord along with other nervous tissue is known as the spinal canal, and the condition of stenosis refers to nerve compression, a diagnosis of spinal stenosis is likely.

Avoiding stenosis as one ages can be difficult due toms.

Spinal Deterioration

The neck and lower back regions are the most susceptible to their higher levels of motion and strain. The entire spine is at risk for all forms of degeneration though, such as bulging discs, herniated discs, arthritis between vertebrae, and spondylolisthesis, or instability in the spinal column. Stenosis can also be brought on by sprained muscles or ligaments in the back, spinal tumors, ligament calcification, or infection.

Spinal Stenosis Preventative Measures

Since one of the major contributing facto stenosis, so limiting those activities is recommended.

Stenosis Treatments

Those that develop stenosis despite their best efforts tories are often included in a treatment course, combined with stretching, massage, application of heat, and other physical therapies.

Surgery Treatments

In rare occasions it will be necessary to learn more your treatment options.


In this instance, an athlete was originally diagnosed with minor quadriceps muscle strain and was treated for four weeks, with unsatisfactory results. When he came to our clinic, the muscle was not healing, and the patients’ muscle tissue had already begun to atrophy.

Upon examination using MSUS, we discovered that he had a full muscle thickness tear that had been overlooked by his previous provider. To mitigate damage and promote healing, surgery should have been performed immediately after the injury occurred. Because of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment, the patient now has permanent damage that cannot be corrected.

The most important advantage of Ultrasound over MRI imaging is its ability to zero in on the symptomatic region and obtain imaging, with active participation and feedback from the patient. Using dynamic MSUS, we can see what happens when patients contract their muscles, something that cannot be done with MRI. From a diagnostic perspective, this interaction is invaluable.

Dynamic ultrasonography examination demonstrating
the full thickness tear and already occurring muscle atrophy
due to misdiagnosis and not referring the patient
to proper diagnostic workup

Demonstration of how very small muscle defect is made and revealed
to be a complete tear with muscle contraction
under diagnostic sonography (not possible with MRI)


Complete tear of rectus femoris
with large hematoma (blood)


Separation of muscle ends due to tear elicited
on dynamic sonography examination

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