Spinal Stenosis Treatments in Miami, FL

The spinal column houses a number of complex structures that protect the spinal cord, which is the primary pathway of communication in the nervous system from the brain to the rest of the body. Spinal stenosis can impede the function of the spinal cord and cause a wide range of disruptive symptoms, since this condition is characterized by a narrowing of the spinal canal.

Spinal stenosis is most common in older patients who have experienced degenerative damage in the spine, though it may occur in younger individuals who have suffered congenital spinal conditions or injuries affecting the spine. At Miami Spine Specialists, you’ll find comprehensive spinal decompression surgery and spine surgery treatment for spinal stenosis in patients of all ages, which you can learn more about below.

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Spinal Stenosis Symptoms

Because spinal stenosis occurs gradually, it will often have no symptoms until later in its development. Symptoms will vary depending on the location of the stenosis, though they generally follow the pattern of starting gradually and getting worse with time. Some of the more common spinal stenosis symptoms associated with spinal stenosis are listed here:

  • Persistent back pain
  • Numbness and weakness in the extremities
  • Tingling in the hands or feet
  • Cramping in the legs
  • Problems with balance or gait

While spinal stenosis symptoms may serve as an indicator of spinal stenosis, the only way to make a definitive diagnosis is through X-ray imaging. If you have signs of stenosis on spinal X-rays without symptoms, you will not likely need treatment from an orthopedic spine surgeon until the point when symptoms appear.

Stenosis may occur in the cervical spine, (neck), or the lumbar spine (lower back). Cervical stenosis is most frequently associated with weakness, numbness, or tingling in an extremity. You may feel it in your arm or hand, or even your leg or foot. The most common symptom is a tingling sensation in one or both hands. In some cases, stenosis of the cervical spine can cause walking, balance, bladder, or bowel problems.

Compression of nerves in the lower back due to stenosis is more often felt in the legs. You may feel pain or cramps in your legs after standing for a while, which is caused by vertebral compression. The sensations may be present while you walk. If you bend forward or sit down, the pain should subside. Any persistent pain, weakness, or numbness in your legs, arms, or back is a concern, and you should see a doctor to determine the cause of your symptoms.

One sign of stenosis of the spine is sciatica; the nerve branching from the spine to the leg is irritated, and a shooting pain down your leg will result. It typically starts as an ache in the buttocks area and lower back pain. Leg weakness and pain

Common Causes of Spinal Stenosis

In some cases, spinal stenosis may be congenital, since some people are simply born with a narrow spinal column. However, spinal stenosis is more often caused by other conditions that reduce the space in the spinal column, thereby putting pressure on the nerves and causing the symptoms discussed above. These conditions may include: Overgrowth of the bone (bone spurs), a herniated disc, thickened ligaments, spinal injuries that damage the soft tissues or vertebrae, and spinal tumors.

Treatment Options in Miami

The treatment for spinal stenosis by a spine doctor will vary depending on the location of the condition, the underlying causes, and the symptoms present.

Your doctor will ask you where the pain is, when you first noticed the symptoms, or have they worsened over time. Let them know if there’s a position that worsens or eases the pain or if such symptoms are experienced by other family members. You will then be tested for evidence of stenosis with:

  • X-rays to view the bones, potential bone spurs, or anything else that may cause narrowing of the spinal canal and triggering symptoms.
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging, which takes cross-sectional images to reveal disc or ligament damage, tumors, or anything putting pressure on the spinal cord and associated nerves.
  • CT Myelogram, using a contrast dye and combining x-ray images taken at different angles to produce cross-sectional images of spinal structures.

Generally, a non-surgical approach will proceed any spinal procedure, since modalities like steroid injections, physical therapy, and discography are often effective and have fewer associated risks. You may be given medications such as muscle relaxants to alleviate spasms, antidepressants, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs effective in relieving pain and inflammation. Anti-seizure drugs may also be used; they’re useful for reducing nerve damage related pain.

Steroid injections are administered where the nerve roots are affected by swelling, spurs, or a herniated disc. Reducing inflammation, they help minimize the pressure at the site, and, thus, your symptoms.

Physical therapy is another treatment option. It addresses inactivity and muscle weakness, which leads to more back pain. The right therapy can boost your strength and endurance, increase flexibility, improve spinal stability, and help with balance. Your doctor may also recommend home remedies such as over-the-counter medications, applying hot or cold packs, using a cane or walker, or improving diet and nutrition to lose weight and reduce the strain on your lumbar spine.

There are, however, alternatives—those include spinal decompression surgery. Surgeons may remove the back of an affected vertebra (laminectomy) or just a part of this bone section to relieve pressure (laminotomy). In the neck, a laminoplasty creates a hinge with metal hardware to open up the spinal canal. Miami Spine Specialists is experienced with various forms of spine surgery, including revision or 2 nd back surgeries to address changes over time, relieve pain/symptoms not corrected previously, or help you benefit from improved techniques.

Under the care of our back doctor at Miami Spine Specialists near Miami, you will have a complete range of treatment options for spinal stenosis so that you can live pain-free. To schedule an initial consultation with our spine doctor whom you can discuss your spine pain and back pain symptoms with, give us a call at (305) 532-0065.

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