Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal passages. It is a condition that becomes more common as we age and typically presents as localized spine pain along with pain in one or both extremities. Spinal stenosis is not a condition that develops overnight; it is almost always preceded by more common conditions such as spinal bone spurs, a herniated disc, disc bulges, disc tears, or scarring from previous injuries or treatments. Over time, if these other conditions are left un-treated and allowed to progress, symptoms of spinal stenosis will begin to be felt. For this reason, it is very important to be pro-active in dealing with your pain before it gets worse. The physicians at Texas Spine Associates have extensive experience in treating spinal stenosis.
To learn more about treatments for spinal stenosis, request a consultation with one of our expert surgeons, or you can call us at (972) 987-0969 to schedule your appointment.
Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis
Cervical Stenosis (Neck)
- Pain in the neck, shoulders, arms, and hands
- Loss of coordination or muscle weakness in the arms and hands
- Problems with balance.
- Tingling or numbness in the shoulder, arms, or hands
Lumbar Stenosis (Back)
- Numbness and tingling or cramping in thighs and legs
- Muscle weakness or loss of motor function in the extremities that may worsen when sitting or bending
- Stiffness in thighs or legs
- Sharp constant pain that may affect standing or walking
- Loss of bladder or bowel control in extreme cases. *Requires immediate medical attention*
Spinal stenosis is not a condition that develops overnight. Diagnosis of the condition is based on a thorough history and physical examination in conjunction with imaging that includes X-rays and possibly an MRI. Dr. Neil Shah and Dr. Vishal Patel are highly experienced in diagnosing spinal stenosis and other spinal disorders as well as providing both surgical and non-surgical care.
Dr. Shah, Dr. Patel, and Dr. Happ take a conservative approach by recommending non-surgical treatments whenever possible. We recommend surgery as a last resort when symptoms do not improve with conservative measures. Treatment options for spinal stenosis may include one or a combination of the following:
- Modified Physical Activity
- Spinal Injections
- Physical therapy
- Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery