Spinal Stenosis (Cervical, Lumbar or Thoracic)
Orange County Spine Surgery Specialists
Spinal stenosis is a condition characterized by the narrowing of the spinal
canal. It can occur in any region of the spine, including the lumbar (low
back) and cervical spine (neck). As the normal wear-and-tear of aging
causes the spine to change over time, spinal stenosis most often affects
adults over the age of 50. Arthritis, or the degeneration of joints in
the body (degenerative disc disease), is the most common cause of spinal stenosis. When degenerative changes
cause severe narrowing, it can create pressure on the spinal nerve roots
and the spinal cord.
Narrowing of the spine and nerve compression can lead to a number of symptoms,
- Radiating pain, including pain that extends to the buttocks and legs as
well as the arms
- Tingling or numbness
- Numbness or weakness in the legs or upper arms
Whether spinal stenosis develops as a person ages, or results from a congenital
disorders that lead to narrowing of the spinal canal, the condition can
cause chronic pain and greatly reduce one’s ability to enjoy physical
activities, handle daily tasks, or even walk, sit, and stand without pain.
At Hoag Orthopedic Institute, our goal is to help our patients overcome
these challenges so they can resume active and independent lives. To achieve
this, we pool the collective abilities of our spine specialists and medical
professionals and provide care in an orthopedic-only facility equipped
with the latest tools and technology.
Diagnosing and Treating Spinal Stenosis
Diagnosing spinal stenosis is essential to targeted and effective treatment,
which is why our Board Certified physicians conduct personalized evaluations
to discuss your medical history and symptoms, and perform diagnostic tests,
which may include X-rays, MRIs, or CT scans, among others.
Once spinal stenosis has been identified, your treatment options will vary
depending on its severity. In some cases, patients may find some relief
from nonsurgical approaches, including medication and physical therapy.
However, if conservative care does not improve narrowing of the spinal
canal, and in cases where the condition continues to cause pain and create
limitations for patients, surgery may be considered.
Our spine surgeons specialize in treating spinal stenosis using advanced
techniques, including minimally invasive surgery. While treatment will
always vary from patient to patient, surgery for spinal stenosis may involve:
Laminectomy – Also called decompression, laminectomy involves the removal of
bone spurs, bones, and ligaments that compress nerve roots and cause pain.
Depending on the individual patient and their condition, a laminectomy
may be performed as a
minimally invasive spine surgery, which consists of several small incisions, or as traditional open surgery.
Spinal fusion – When degeneration or arthritis has caused the spine to become
unstable, decompression may also be performed with spinal fusion. This
procedure joins two or more vertebrae in the back or neck, and may be
performed using several methods.
In addition to performing surgical procedures, our multi-disciplinary professionals
are also able to offer pain management, rehabilitation, and physical therapy
to help patients as they progress through their recoveries.
Schedule a Consultation with a Spine Specialist Today
Hoag Orthopedic Institute is a nationally ranked orthopedic hospital and
performs the highest volume of orthopedic procedures in California. Our
Board-Certified doctors are experts in treating conditions of the spine,
including spinal and cervical stenosis, and providing the comprehensive
care patients need to obtain exceptional outcomes. If you suffer from
spinal stenosis, or are experiencing
back or neck pain, we encourage you to schedule an evaluation with one of our spine experts. Find a
spine doctor today by using our online physician directory.
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