Spinal stenosis causes chronic pain and other symptoms, becoming much more common with age. Comprehensive Orthopedic and Spine Care treats spinal stenosis in Manhattan and Flushing Queens. We use state-of-the-art approaches, including nonsurgical and surgical options to relieve pain and other symptoms.
Spinal stenosis is a chronic spine condition that develops when the spinal canal becomes narrowed, often pressing on the nerves that travel through the spine and exit through small spaces between the spine bones (vertebrae). Spinal stenosis can occur for different reasons, and it tends to become more common with age.
Causes of spinal Stenosis
Spinal stenosis is much more common among older men and women as age-related changes cause the spine joints (facet joints) to become thicker and the ligaments that help stabilize the spine to become stiffer and less flexible. Settling or gradual compression of the discs can also cause the spinal space to become narrower and more crowded. Spinal stenosis can also occur as a result of the development of bone spurs, tiny overgrowths of bone tissue that grow around the vertebrae and press on the nerves. Less commonly, spinal stenosis can develop in people who have had spine-related injuries or who have tumors in or near the spine.
Symptoms associated with spinal stenosis
The most common symptoms of spinal stenosis include:
- localized pain in the back or neck
- pain that radiates into the arms or legs
- burning, tingling, numbness or weakness in the arms or legs
- loss of sensation in the arms or legs
- abnormal reflexes
Some patients with spinal stenosis may find their symptoms are temporarily relieved by leaning forward while sitting down, a position that helps open up the spinal canal and reduce pressure on the nerves.
Spinal stenosis treatment
More mild forms of spinal stenosis may be treated with oral anti-inflammatory medications, sometimes combined with injections of steroid medications around the affected area to help relieve inflammation. Physical therapy may also help in these cases by promoting circulation and healing. When these conservative approaches aren't effective in providing long-term relief, surgery may be recommended to enlarge the spinal canal, especially in the areas where the nerves exit the spine. In these procedures, a small portion of the vertebrae will be removed and a spinal fusion surgery is usually performed to stabilize the area and prevent painful friction.
Dr. Joseph Weinstein and the team at Comprehensive Orthopedic and Spine Care specialize in spinal stenosis treatments in Manhattan and Flushing that can provide relief for your condition, especially if you have experienced symptoms for a longer period of time.
If you'd like to discuss spinal stenosis treatments and the best course of action to relieve your pain, make an appointment with us at Comprehensive Orthopedic and Spine Care we look forward to helping you!