Spinal stenosis occurs when the spine gradually narrows over time. A narrowing spinal canal doesn’t allow appropriate room for the spinal cord and nerves. Spinal stenosis can occur as we age due to wear and tear of the body or because of arthritis. It can also be caused by back injuries and can lead to pain, specifically leg pain or numbness and tingling in the lower extremities. Bulging discs, Spurs, or thickened tissue can compress the spinal nerves that lead to spinal stenosis pain. If you experience pain and tingling when standing or walking, you may suffer from spinal stenosis. Other signs can include experiencing slight relief from pain when bending over or sitting forward which relieves spinal pressure. If not treated, spinal stenosis can lead to severe pain or even permanent nerve damage. Seek treatment as soon as possible for spinal stenosis symptoms to avoid long term effects. Spine specialists at AICA Orthopedics can assess and diagnose spinal problems such as spinal stenosis to accurate treat spine pain for relief from the pain of injury.
Medical treatment for spinal stenosis can I close anti-inflammatory medication, cortisone injections, or physical therapy. When noninvasive methods don’t alleviate spinal stenosis pain, AICA Orthopedics spine specialists may recommend spinal stenosis surgery. There are several surgical options for treating spinal stenosis. Your spine specialist will help you determine which one is the best option for you. The most common spinal stenosis surgery to treat the narrowing of the spinal column is a laminectomy. This surgery involves making a surgical incision in the back and removing a portion of the vertebrae called the lamina to make room for spinal nerves. Another surgical option is called a foraminotomy. This procedure expands the foramen area of the spine where the nerve roots exit to allow for more room for the nerves. A spinal fusion may also be a surgical option to alleviate spinal stenosis pain. During this surgery, the bones of the spine are joined together with screws or grafts for more spinal stability. This procedure can also be combined with a laminectomy if necessary. Be sure to consult with you experienced AICA Orthopedics spine specialist to discuss all viable options to create a treatment plan that addresses your specific spinal pain.
Any type of surgery of the spine can be serious and may have a long get recovery period. A full recovery after this surgery can take up to three months. After surgery, physical therapists will work with you to prevent stiffness and swelling as week as strengthen the spine and restore range of motion for proper function once again. Light exercises will be done in the hospital and will slowly progress to more difficult strengthening exercises during the rehabilitation period. Walking often and doing back strengthening exercises will help stabilize the spine for an easier recovery and more complete healing. At AICA Orthopedics, our onsite physical therapists will work with you to ensure you receive proper treatment to make a full recovery after spinal stenosis surgery.
Life can get hectic and sometimes your pain can get pushed to the side. But at AICA Orthopedics, we provide full treatment services for spinal pain all in one place to make seeking treatment as hassle-free as possible. For comprehensive care from spinal specialists, pain management specialist, Chiropractors, physical therapists, or neurologists all in one convenient location, turn to AICA Orthopedics. We provide high quality and expert care from initial diagnosis of a spinal condition to the final recovery process and make it as easy and convenient as possible, supporting and guiding you along the way. Don’t let the busyness of life keep you from living life to its fullest. Find relief from spinal stenosis pain at AICA Orthopedics where our ultimate goal is to improve your quality of life free from injury and pain. Call today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to working with you.