Spinal Stenosis

Also known as spine narrowing, spinal stenosis occurs when one or more bony openings reduce space for the nerves. Depending on where and how much narrowing occurs within these openings, a spinal nerve or spinal cord could become compressed and typically cause pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness.

How We Treat It:

Nonsurgical Treatment

  • Over the counter medications like Ibuprofen, Tylenol, or Aleve.
  • Physical therapy may be recommended in an effort to reduce pain. A physical therapist can teach you exercises that may help build your strength and endurance, maintain the flexibility and stability of your spine, and improve your balance.
  • Decompression procedures that take needle-like instruments and used to remove a portion of a thickened ligament in the back of the spinal column to increase spinal canal space and remove nerve root impingement.

Surgical Treatment

  • The goal of a surgery for spinal stenosis is to relieve the pressure on your spinal cord or nerve roots. This is done by creating more space within the spinal canal, and is the most definitive way to try to resolve symptoms of spinal stenosis.

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