Within the spine there are open spaces, and when these begin to shrink in size, nerves can become pinched resulting in excruciating pain in the lower back and even the legs. This condition is called spinal stenosis and can become debilitating if not treated. It can be caused from enlarged joints, ligaments that have increased in thickness as well as osteoarthritis.
Treating Spinal Stenosis
In order to treat this condition, a procedure called spinal decompression must be performed where the roof of the spinal canal is removed which, ultimately creates that needed space to reduce the symptoms. Spinal decompression in Atlanta is performed in four different ways.
- A laminectomy is done to relieve the pressure off of the spinal cord by removing the bony lamina and thickened ligaments in the spinal canal. By removing these parts, extra space is created which will help manage the symptoms the patient is feeling.
- A laminotomy is similar to that of a laminectomy but in this procedure, only part of the lamina is removed to relieve the patient of their discomfort.
- When there is disc degeneration or pinching of the nerves, a foraminotomy approach may be used to provide the patient relief from their pain in the lower back and legs.
- A laminoplasty is when the laminae is cut in the cervical area on one side which results in expansion in the spinal canal.
Are You A Candidate For Spinal Decompression In Atlanta?
If you are someone who suffers from pain or weakness in the leg or foot or have leg pain that becomes worse than your back pain, you may be considered a candidate for this surgery. If medication and physical therapy have not provided relief for your symptoms, surgery may be an option. Also, if your spinal stenosis is affecting your spinal canal, surgery may be suggested.
What To Expect After Spinal Decompression
Spinal decompression surgery is extremely effective but recovery is not a sprint to the finish but rather a slow and steady pace. Patients can expect to see results within three months following surgery and can begin working their everyday regular activities back into their life with little to no pain.
With spinal decompression, the spine although little to no symptoms may be felt, still needs to be treated with care as it can longer undergo strenuous and vigorous pressure. Always follow-up with physical therapy as they will provide you with the type of exercises your body is capable of as well as strength building exercises.
If you or a loved one suffer from spinal stenosis, contact our AICA orthopedics team as we can discuss your condition and provide treatment options that best suit your needs. Call us today at (404) 855-2141.