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Spinal Stenosis

Understanding Spinal Stenosis And The Treatments Available To You

Diagnosis and Treatments for Spinal Stenosis in Birmingham and Hoover, Alabama

Just as there are several causes associated with this painful condition, there are a variety of spinal stenosis treatments. The physicians at Southlake Orthopaedics can help patients experiencing pain in the back or spine by identifying the problem and offering solutions. The doctors provide extensive services to patients throughout central Alabama, with offices located in Hoover and Birmingham-Grandview. Southlake Orthopaedics strives to help patients experience less pain and more living.

Spinal Stenosis Symptoms

Spinal stenosis symptoms can be experienced throughout the body. Patients may feel shooting pain in the legs or experience numbness in the foot. Other symptoms include:

  • Lower back pain
  • Weakness in hands, arms, legs, feet, or hands, as well as:
    • Burning aches and pains
    • Numbness, tingling, or cramping
  • Pain in the buttocks
  • Bladder or bowel problems
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Inability to lift the front of the foot
  • Difficulty walking

Symptoms of spinal stenosis may worsen over time if left untreated. If numbness, tingling, or pain is present, contact Southlake Orthopaedics for an examination.

Spinal Stenosis Causes

The overall cause of spinal stenosis is a narrowing of structures in the spine. The narrowing puts pressure on the spinal cord and its nerve roots.  This condition usually affects the spinal canal, around which the vertebrae are stacked, the areas where the nerve roots branch and run out from the spinal cord, and the spaces between the vertebrae.

This narrowing can occur anywhere on the spine, but most patients experience it in the neck, cervical spine, or lumbar spine, which describes the lower back. Several conditions, events, and risk factors can contribute to spinal stenosis, including:

  • With age, bones, and ligaments may become thicker and larger, and bone spurs may develop
  • Movement of the vertebrae may reduce the alignment of the spinal cord
  • Deformity of the vertebrae, also called spondylolysis
  • Herniated discs, due to drier, age-related conditions in the vertebrae
  • Osteoarthritis and osteoporosis, which can lead to weaker bones and problems with discs
  • Ossification from calcium deposits on the ligaments
  • Rheumatoid arthritis, which can lead to problems with joints in the spine
  • Fractures due to trauma and injury
  • Cancer-related tumors of the spine
  • Paget’s disease, a chronic disease that affects the bones
  • Scoliosis, or curvature of the spine
  • Congenital stenosis, a condition found at birth
  • Achondroplasia, a genetically inherited condition

Patients who experience brittle or weak bones, or want to find out more about bone health, can be seen in the Osteoporosis Clinic at Southlake Orthopaedics.

Spinal Stenosis Treatments

There are a wide variety of spinal stenosis treatments available, depending on the area affected, the stage of development, and the health of the patient.

Treatments include:

  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Medications
  • Injections
  • Procedures, including decompression and surgery
    • Percutaneous image-guided lumbar decompression
    • Laminectomy, laminotomy, and laminoplasty
    • Spinal fusion
    • Discectomy
    • Foraminotomy
    • Endoscopic Decompression

Once multi-specialty physicians have diagnosed a patient’s condition, they will prescribe a treatment. If surgery is indicated, they will provide a detailed explanation and answer all questions.

Why Choose Southlake Orthopaedics for Spinal Stenosis Treatments and Services

At Southlake Orthopaedics, patients receive personalized treatments. Doctors take special care with examination and testing procedures to give the most up-to-date and accurate diagnosis possible. As a multi-specialty practice, Southlake Orthopaedics features physicians and medical practitioners with expertise in all aspects of orthopedics. Spinal stenosis is common in people over the age of 50.

Patients should avoid waiting until back pain or similar symptoms of spinal stenosis appear. Through imaging, Southlake Orthopaedics can determine the cause and the best course of treatment for spinal stenosis and other conditions.

Find Relief from Spinal Stenosis Pain at Southlake Orthopaedics

Take advantage of an orthopedic practice that offers experienced physicians, in-house physical therapy, surgery centers, and bone health services. Treatments for spinal stenosis help patients live more fully with less pain. Physicians prescribe medications, injections, and surgical procedures, depending on the extent of the condition. With two convenient office locations in central Alabama, Hoover and Birmingham-Grandview, there is no reason to put off an examination. Contact Southlake Orthopaedics today.