What are the symptoms of Spinal Stenosis?
Pain in Extremities
When the spinal cord and nerves become compressed or pinched a variety of symptoms may occur. Symptoms commonly associated with Spinal Stenosis are back pain, neck pain, tingling, pain in the extremities, leg numbness and leg weakness.
In extremely rare cases, typically, a herniated disc in the lower back can compress the cauda equina. The cauda equine is a bundle of spinal nerves and nerve roots that send signals to the pelvic organs and lower limbs. People with cauda equina syndrome may experience bladder control issues, sexual function problems and leg paralysis.
Spinal Stenosis Treatment Options
A laminectomy is a very common procedure that removes a portion of what is known as a the lamina in order to create space in the area affected by the bulging disc. Learn More.
A laminotomy is a spinal decompression surgery where only a very small portion of the lamina is removed to remove pressure on the nerves and spinal cord to relieve pain. Learn More.
When the disc compresses the spinal cord or nerve root, removal is a consideration. The disc is replaced with an artificial disc to preserve motion at the disc space. Learn More.
During an ACDF the damaged disc in the neck is removed, relieving pain and pressure, while at the same time providing new much needed stability with a reinforced implant. Learn More.
During a lumbar fusion the damaged disc is removed from the lower back (lumbar spine), and the two vertebrae are fused together with a reinforced implant to create more support. Learn More.
Also known as an RFA, this procedure uses high-energy radio frequency to ablate the troubled nerve, essentially eliminating the source of pain. Learn More.