of surgery is to relieve pain caused by pressure on the
spinal cord or nerves. This
can be done by removing, trimming, or adjusting the diseased
parts that are causing the pressure or loss of alignment.
Although “fusion” will help
keep the spine stable, it may also limit a patient’s
natural range of motion.
should consult your doctor if you are experiencing symptoms
of Spinal Stenosis. Your doctor may recommend Treatment options
including rest, physical therapy, or medications to treat
your pain. If these conservative Treatments do not work,
may recommend surgery.
- Non-Surgical Treatment:
Initial Treatment for Spinal Stenosis involves avoiding movements that cause
pain, often in conjunction with a course of anti-inflammatory medications.
Patients may also undergo physical therapy to improve the strength of supporting
muscles. Some patients may receive steroid injections. When these approaches
do not adequately relieve pain symptoms, surgery is often considered.
- Surgical Treatment:
The purpose of surgery is to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or nerves
and restore and maintain alignment and strengthen the spine. This can be
done by removing or trimming, or adjusting diseased part that are causing
the pressure or loss of alignment. Often a significant amount of bone must
be removed, which can lead to instability. For this reason, surgeons may “fuse” two
or more vertebrae together. Although “fusion” will help keep
the spine stable, it may also hinder a patient’s natural range of