If you’re facing spinal stenosis surgery in Orange County, you may want to understand this condition before you select a surgeon. The physicians at The Robotic Spine Institute are board-certified surgeons who have experience performing this type of surgery as well as other non-invasive procedures for the spine.
Narrowing of the Spine
Spinal stenosis is a condition which occurs when the spinal canal starts to become narrower. The spine’s job is to protect the spinal cord, which sends messages from your brain to your body. Bones called vertebrae make up the spine. The spine may begin to narrow because of arthritis, which is one reason the condition is seen most often in people who are 50 years old or older. More specifically, osteoarthritis can cause changes in the disc in your back and create bone spurs, which put pressure on the spinal cord, causing pain.
As your spine narrows, it causes the vertebrae to pinch your spinal cord and the nerves which surround it. The result is pain or numbness and tingling in your arms and legs and even your torso. Unfortunately, there isn’t a cure for this condition, only treatments that can provide relief and enhance the quality of life.
Other causes for spinal stenosis include:
- Herniated disc
- An injury which causes a fracture to your spine
Some people are born with a disease that leads to spinal stenosis. They may begin to notice the pain much earlier than age 50.
Symptoms and Treatment of Spinal Stenosis
If you experience numbness, pain or tingling, it’s likely to be around your neck or your lower back. You may find it more difficult to stand or walk and even experience loss of control of your bladder or bowels as the condition worsens. You may feel a sharp pain that shoots down a hip, which is called sciatica.
A physician may start off with medication or corticosteroid injections to help reduce the pain and inflammation. They may recommend exercise to help improve flexibility and strength or a brace to provide support. If the case is severe, surgery may be necessary. The physician may decide a laminoplasty or laminectomy is needed to help create space around the bones to reduce the inflammation.
If you have been diagnosed with spinal stenosis or suspect you may have the condition due to symptoms you experience, you can contact The Robotic Spine Institute to schedule initial consultation (714) 690-2037 or for further information visit www.TheRoboticSpineInstitute.com. Our physicians will help you determine the appropriate course of treatment for your condition.