Spinal Stenosis may occur anywhere in the cervical (neck area), lumbar (lower back area), or thoracic (chest area) spine.
The narrowing in the spinal canal is the result of changes in the anatomic structures in the spine including the intervertebral discs, the facet joints, and spinal ligaments.
The symptoms of spinal stenosis vary according to where in the body the stenosis is present and if there is significant pressure on the spinal cord or spinal nerves. Symptoms may be relatively mild to quite incapacitating depending on the severity of the stenosis.
Spinal Stenosis is frequently the result of age related changes in the spine, however there are people born with narrow spinal canals. Other causes of spinal stenosis include:
The narrowing in the spinal canal is the result of changes in the anatomic structures in the spine.
The majority of individuals with spinal stenosis do not require surgery. Common non-surgical treatment options include:
When pain symptoms are severe, if there is significant muscle weakness, if myelopathy is present, or if your overall condition deteriorates surgery may be necessary. The surgeons at Comprehensive Spine Care will develop a treatment plan based on your symptoms, physical exam and MRI results.
Surgery for Lumbar Stenosis typically consists of a Laminectomy, Laminomtomy). Stabilization of the spine may also be necessary (Lateral Lumbar Fusion.)