Spinal Stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal, which puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. It occurs most commonly in the lumbar spine (the lower back) but can happen anywhere in the spine.
Cervical Spinal Stenosis means there is a potential compression of the spinal cord. This can cause extreme weakness, or in some cases, paralysis. Lumbar stenosis occurs in the lower back and can result in symptoms of sciatica: weakness, tingling or numbness in the lower back, buttocks and legs. The symptoms often get worse as you perform activities.
- Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis
- Pain while walking or standing for long periods
- Walking using a walker or shopping cart
Spinal Stenosis may result in bulging discs, thickened spinal ligaments and enlarged joints. Vertebrae may slip out of alignment and rub against each other. This rubbing causes bone spurs to grow into the spinal canal and squeeze the spinal nerves. This causes irritation and inflammation.
Causes of Spinal Stenosis
• Wear and tear associated with aging
Treatment of Spinal Stenosis
Northshore surgeons, Dr. K. Samer Shamieh and Dr. Jeremy James, are conservative, minimally invasive spine surgeons. At DISC of Louisiana we will work with you to treat a vertebral compression fracture non-surgically first. Some cases can be treated with anti-inflammatory drugs and short-term pain medications, rest, physical therapy, exercise or epidural steroid injections. Surgery could also be required.
Potential Minimally Invasive Neck Procedures
Learn More about our Minimally Invasive Techniques
DISC of Louisiana offers spinal procedures using minimally invasive techniques. It means smaller incisions, sometimes less than an inch, that is often covered with a band-aid. The minimally invasive spine surgeon inserts special surgical instruments through the tiny incisions to access the damaged disc. Unlike traditional “open” spine surgery, entry and repair to the damaged disc or vertebrae is achieved without harming nearby muscles and tissues. Less muscle and tissue damage results in less pain and a faster recovery. Click here to learn more.
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