Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis is a condition that occurs to many people as they age, due to a narrowing of the spinal canal resulting in pinching of the nerves.  Main symptoms of spinal stenosis are constant pains in the buttocks, often radiating to the legs, associated with limping and a decreased physical activity level with a hindered ability to move. Pain medication should be tried, but may be ineffective.  Symptoms are typically relieved by sitting down, lying down, or bending forward.

Tests that can diagnose Spinal Stenosis:

  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
  • CAT (Computerized Axial Tomography)
  • Myelogram

Non-Surgical Treatments – in the early stages of diagnosis:

  • NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
  • Analgesics ( like Tylenol)
  • Epidural steroid injections or facet injections
  • Restricted activity
  • Physical therapy
  • Lumbar brace/corset

Surgical Treatments – if the pains continue after trying the non-surgical options:

  • Laminectomy
  • Laminotomy
  • Foraminotomy
  • Spinal Fusion