Spinal stenosis occurs when the spinal column narrows and compresses the nerves and/or spine. The condition can cause chronic pain, as well as loss of sensation in the extremities and weakness. Many patients with spinal stenosis have difficulty walking with a feeling that they need to sit down or their legs don’t work. Conservative treatments can provide short-term pain relief, but spinal decompression surgery is usually the best treatment approach in the long run. Give me a ring to set up your surgical consultation and learn about your options.
Spinal stenosis is a condition marked by a narrowing of the spinal column that can cause the spinal nerves and the spinal cord itself to compress. Compression of nerves can lead to pain, tingling, numbness, and loss of feeling in the back and extremities. Any condition that affects the spinal nerves (like stenosis) needs to be addressed immediately. Once a nerve sustains permanent damage, there is nothing you can do to reverse it. That’s why nerve conditions require proactive treatment – which often means spine surgery. My philosophy is to reserve surgical options as a last resort unless neurological decline is of concern. Stenosis can be caused by ligament changes, bony overgrowth, joint disease, structural instability, tumors, infections, or disc herniations. A full work up will determine the cause and the appropriate treatment plan. Decisions are then made together once patients understand all of their options, including risks and benefits.
Stenosis can impact both the neck and low back regions of the spine. Regardless of the location of the stenosis, a decompression procedure can be a good treatment approach.
Spinal Decompression Procedure
Many patients begin treating spinal stenosis with conservative methods like physical therapy and injections to control the pain. These treatments may temporarily reduce symptoms, but they do not fix the core problem. Spinal decompression surgery addresses the root of the problem and provides long-term pain relief if conservative care has failed.
The goal of a spinal decompression procedure is to relieve pressure on the impacted nerves and spinal cord. The procedure can be done minimally invasive, which means recovery times are faster than traditional procedures.
Spinal Decompression Surgeon in Minnesota
If you have been diagnosed with spinal stenosis, you may be a good candidate for decompression surgery. This procedure could be your ticket back to living a pain free life. Give me a call today to set up an appointment and let’s talk about your treatment options.