Spinal Stenosis (Lumbar & Cervical)

Spinal Stenosis is defined as narrowing of the open spaces within your spine. When these open spaces become narrow, they can put pressure on your spinal cord and the nerves that travel throughout your spine. Typically, spinal stenosis occurs in the cervical spine (neck area) and the lumbar spine (lower back). The pressure that is put on the spinal nerves can cause numbness, muscle weakness and pain along with a variety of other symptoms.
 

Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis

Many people have little to no pain and experience no symptoms from spinal stenosis. When symptoms do begin to occur, they typically do not improve and gradually become worse over time.

Cervical Stenosis (upper spine / neck ), typically causes numbness and weakening of a leg, foot, arm or hand.

Lumbar Stenosis (lower back), causes pain and cramping of the legs that can be relieved by bending forward or sitting down.
 

Causes of Spinal Stenosis

There are a variety of things that can cause spinal stenosis including:

  • Herniated Discs
  • Bone Spurs
  • Tumors
  • Trauma/Injury

Treatment Options for Spinal Stenosis

There are both conservative and surgical approaches to treatment for spinal stenosis. As always, conservative treatment is the first approach. Treatment options include:

  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Pain Medication
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminotomy
  • Spinal Fusions