Spinal Stenosis: Treatment In Plano, TX

by Administrator 26. May 2017 11:56

The spine is made up of several vertebral columns stacked over each other. The spinal cord travels through the middle part (central canal) of each vertebra. Nerves spread out from the spaces in the vertebrae and carry messages from brain to other parts of the body. When space around the spinal cord decreases, it may put pressure on the nerve and hamper its normal functioning. The condition is referred to as Spinal Stenosis.

Causes

  • Wear and tear changes in the spine
  • Osteoarthritis

Symptoms

  • Back pain may be present
  • Pain radiating from buttocks to the legs
  • Numbness or tingling in the legs
  • Feeling that the foot may slap while walking
  • Relief in pain while bending

Diagnosis

The spine surgeon may discuss patient’s history and inquire about any injuries that may have ever occurred. He may look at patients’ back and push it at different areas to check that pain causing movements.
Imaging Tests –

  • X- Ray – This test may aid the doctor to visualize the conditions of your bones. He may be able to see the bone spurs or loss of disc heights. This test may also show the age related changes in the spine.
  • MRI – The test may give a clear picture of the soft tissues, and the spinal cord.

Treatment

Non-Surgical Treatment

  • Rehabilitation exercises may be suggested to improve spine’s condition.
  • Doctors may suggest lumbar traction to alleviate the symptoms
  • To reduce inflammation around the nerve anti-inflammatory medicines may be prescribed by the doctor.

Surgical Treatment

  • Laminectomy
  • The orthopedic surgeons may remove the bone spurs that put pressure on the spinal cord. The procedure may be conducted by making small incisions and using minimally invasive techniques or making a single large opening to reach out to the spine.
  • Spinal Fusion – In this procedure the orthopedic surgeon may join the vertebrae to eliminate the symptoms. Metal implants may be used to keep the vertebrae in right position until the bone between them regrows.

For complete treatment and diagnosis of Spinal Stenosis, contact Dr. Burg. To request an appointment with the spine specialist, call at (972) 985 - 1072 or visit 4031 West Plano Parkway, Plano, TX 75093.

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