Spinal Stenosis

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Spinal stenosis is an abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal that can occur in any area of the spine. This narrowing, or stenosis, restricts the canal and results in a neurological deficiency.  It commonly occurs in the neck (cervical spinal stenosis) and lower back (lumbar spinal stenosis). 

Symptoms can include:

  • Pain with ambulation
  • Numbness

  • Loss of motor control

  • A burning, pricking or tingling sensation in the skin 

Treatment for spinal stenosis: Spinal stenosis symptoms can often be addressed with non-surgical treatments such as pain relievers (acetaminophen); non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs); physical therapy; weight loss; exercise that involves a forward lean (riding a stationary bike); and lumbar epidural steroid injections. 

If the symptoms continue or grow worse, a surgical procedure may be required. A lumbar decompressive laminectomy removes the roof of bone over the spinal canal to decompress the nerves. Over 95% of patients who have undergone this surgery report good results.​​

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