Treatment For Spinal Stenosis
Spinal stenosis is a painful spine disorder that occurs when spaces within the spinal column begin to narrow, causing stress and tension to the spinal cord or nerve roots. The spine specialists at North Texas Brain & Spine Specialists offer a range of solutions for this debilitating problem, which can manifest in any of three different areas:
- The center canal — where both the spinal cord and nerve roots run.
- The base canals – where nerve roots branch out from the spinal cord.
- The openings between the bones of the spine – where nerves leave the spine and go to the rest of the body.
Spinal stenosis disorder comes in two distinct types. Lumbar stenosis can produce back pain, tingling, or numbness that passes through the lower back region down through the lower body and lower extremities. It also often produces symptoms of sciatica, which is usually the direct result of this type of spinal stenosis.
The other type of spinal stenosis is cervical stenosis. Cervical stenosis is considered the more severe type of spinal stenosis, because it usually impacts the neck area and includes compression of the spinal cord, itself. When so much pressure assaults your spinal cord, you run the risk of debilitating bodily weakness or even paralysis.
What Causes Spinal Stenosis?
Natural wear and tear with age tends to be the biggest factor for this spine disorder. It is most commonly found in patients over the age of 50. Spinal stenosis also may occur in much younger individuals who have suffered traumatic back injury or were born with a narrowing of the spinal canal.
Spinal stenosis can also be caused by:
- Herniated discs
- Instability of the spine
- Spinal Arthritis (osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis)
- Bone diseases
- Spinal defects
What are the Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis?
Something to remember with spinal stenosis is that the symptoms typically tend to worsen over time. Any symptoms are, generally, more prominent when standing or walking (and can even worsen then more a person is on their feet). In fact, our spine specialist knows from experience that many spinal stenosis sufferers cannot walk for long periods. There are situations when their back pain and other related symptoms do subside – usually when a person sitting or lying down.
Lower back pain and leg pain are not uncommon when suffering from spinal stenosis. Other symptoms to watch out for:
- Weakness in the arms or legs
- Issues with balancing when walking
- Difficulty controlling bowel movements
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Tingling, or hot/cold sensations in the extremities
Treatment of Spinal Stenosis
Our spine specialist, Dr. Benae have the expertise and training to effectively diagnose, manage, and treat your spine pain. Our spine care team focuses on comprehensive care that allows patients to live pain-free and as active as possible. It’s all about finding the right treatment for you. At North Texas Brain & Spine Specialists, we first consider non-surgical methods to help manage and relieve symptoms of spinal stenosis. Back surgery or additional procedures may be recommended if in the best interest of the patient. Our neurosurgeon also specializes in brain surgery and neuropathy procedures.
Learn more about optional treatments for spinal stenosis by scheduling an appointment with our spine surgeon. Call our office in McKinney at (972) 704-1535 to schedule an appointment.