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Narrow canal disease is a condition caused by narrowing of the spinal canal where the spinal cord and nerve roots are located.This narrowing can cause various symptoms by pressing on the spinal cord and nerve roots.Here is important information about narrow canal disease:Definition:
Narrow canal disease occurs when the spinal canal narrows as a result of deterioration of the discs, joints and ligaments between the vertebrae over time.This condition is associated with the aging process.Symptoms:
– Low back pain:May be the initial symptom of the disease.
– Leg pain: It may start especially when walking and may increase after prolonged standing or walking.
– Numbness, tingling and loss of sensation in the legs: May be caused by pressure on the nerve roots.
– Cramps: Muscle cramps may occur in the legs.
– Weakness: A feeling of weakness in the leg muscles may occur.
– Urinary and faecal incontinence: Although it is rare, it may occur in advanced cases.

Can it be confused with a herniated disc?
Narrow canal disease can sometimes be confused with a herniated disc, because some symptoms may be similar. However, these two conditions are based on different pathological processes. While a herniated disc is caused by a disc fragment protruding outside the spinal canal pressing on the nerve roots, narrow canal disease occurs due to narrowing of the spinal canal.

Narrow canal disease is diagnosed based on patient complaints, physical examination and imaging studies. These studies may include X-rays, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and myelography.

Treatment of narrow canal disease can vary depending on the severity of symptoms, the patient’s lifestyle and other factors. Treatment options may include:

1. Medical Treatment: Medications can help control pain and inflammation.
2. Physiotherapy: Physiotherapists use special exercises and therapies to strengthen muscles and relieve pain.
3. Injections: Epidural steroid injections can be used to reduce inflammation in the spinal canal.
4. Surgical Intervention: In severe cases and if other treatment methods do not work to relieve your symptoms, a surgical intervention may be required. Surgical options may include laminectomy, microsurgery and other methods.

It is important to discuss your treatment plan with a specialist doctor. Narrow canal disease can be treated, but the most appropriate treatment method for each patient must be determined individually.

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