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What is Spinal Stenosis?
The spinal canal is formed by adjacent vertebrae of the spine and the spinal cord runs through the spinal canal as it branches out to innervate the muscles and extremities throughout the body. Lumbar spinal stenosis is a condition characterized by the narrowing of the spinal canal in the lumbar or lower back region of the spine. In most cases, spinal stenosis is the result of the aging process as the ligaments of the spine begin to thicken and cause the spinal canal to become narrowed.
Lumbar spinal stenosis can pinch the spinal cord and cause it to become irritated and inflamed. Symptoms may present is the spine and/or the extremities. The lumbar region of the spine is the most common area of the spine affected by stenosis but this condition can also occur in the cervical spine as well.
If you have spinal stenosis the symptoms can include:
- Numbness in the extremities
- Balance problems
- Burning, tingling, weakness in the extremities
These symptoms may be experienced in the back and/or the legs.
How is Spinal Stenosis Treated at The Spine Institute of Louisiana?
At The Spine Institute of Louisiana, the first course of treatment is to utilize non-surgical treatment options to alleviate the pain and other symptoms associated with spinal stenosis.
These treatments can include:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Physical therapy
Surgical Treatment for Spinal Stenosis at The Spine Institute of Louisiana
Surgical treatment may be required for severe cases of spinal stenosis. A spinal fusion is a procedure that is commonly performed. This procedure is performed using a minimally invasive approach and can be performed as either an inpatient or outpatient procedure.
During the procedure, your Spine Institute of Louisiana Spine Surgeon removes discs and bone spurs within the spine to widen the spinal canal. Adjacent vertebrae are then joined using a small rod and screws. As the vertebral bone heals, the vertebrae fuse together to form a single, solid bone. Following surgery, the spinal cord has room to travel through the canal and symptoms are alleviated.
Using our advanced minimally invasive techniques, there is very little surgical trauma and you are able to recover and return to normal activities shortly after surgery.
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- If you have been experiencing symptoms of spinal stenosis or considering treatment, schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Spine Surgeons.
- We will evaluate your unique lifestyle and goals to determine which type of surgery is best for you.
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