Spinal stenosis is a serious problem that can be treated effectively by our Dallas Spinal Stenosis Doctors. It involves the narrowing of the spinal canal thereby putting pressure on the spinal nerves or spinal cord as they leave the spine.
Compression interferes with the communication between the body and brain and this may result to sensory problems. This condition can be acquired or congenital. Congenital conditions which cause spinal stenosis are scoliosis or bone defects called achondroplasia.
Spinal Stenosis Symptoms
Symptoms depend on where the narrowing has occurred. In most cases, spinal stenosis occurs in the lower back area or the lumbar region. One may experience pain radiating down the legs. This pain gets relieved if one sits or bends forward. One can lose bowel, sexual function or even bladder control under severe cases. The other common area in which it can occur is in your cervical spine or neck. People suffering from cervical stenosis feel pain radiating down the arms. It is accompanied by numbness and aching of the arm or leg. The patient may have difficulties with fine motor skills like picking things up using fingers or writing. Other difficulties may include walking problems or even loss of bowel and bladder control.
Treatment Of Spinal Stenosis
After we have diagnosed a patient with this condition, we first encourage the patient to review all treatment options. We offer effective procedures that have been developed to specifically treat symptoms related to this problem. They may include the following:
Epidural injections: This involves an injection of cortisone into the area outside the epidural space. It helps greatly in relieving symptoms of spinal stenosis. This kind of treatment is able to alleviate the pain in most patients.
Laminotomy: This is where a small hole is created in the lamina so as to remove any disc or bone material pressing the spinal canal. It enables the narrowed space to open thereby relieving pain.
Decompression using interlaminar stabilization device: This procedure decompresses the two sides of the spine for instant stabilization while at the same time allowing the spine to maintain its mobility.
Lateral lumber interbody fusion: This is a special procedure which is designed to alleviate back pain by removal of the painful disc materials as well as bone spurs. It helps to widen the space in the spinal canal.
Anterior cervical discectomy fusion: It is a simple procedure to remove the unhealthy disc material and replace it using an artificial disc or a bone graft.
Call or stop in today if you are experiencing symptoms that may be related to spinal stenosis. We will help determine the cause of your pain and get you on the road to recovery so you can resume a comfortable and productive life.