Spinal stenosis occurs when the spaces within your spine narrow, putting pressure on the surrounding nerves and causing pain.
Spinal Stenosis Diagnosis and Treatment at Inspira
There are several types of spinal stenosis. Lumbar stenosis, which affects the part of your spine in your lower back, is the most common form. Cervical stenosis is characterized by a narrowing in the part of the spine that’s located in your neck.
Other conditions such as herniated discs, tumors or traumatic spinal injuries can lead to narrowing of the spinal canal or swelling of the spinal cord.
All types often result in pain, numbness and muscle weakness. Symptoms typically worsen over time if left untreated.
In addition to localized pain and numbness, other symptoms include:
- Muscle weakness of the arm, hand, foot or leg
- Trouble walking
- Problems with balance
- In serious cases, bowel or bladder dysfunction
To understand the severity of your condition, your doctor will likely conduct a series of imaging tests that may include a CT scan, MRI or X-rays. Depending on your results, you may be able to successfully manage symptoms with nonoperative treatments such as physical therapy, medication or steroid injections.
If these methods are unsuccessful, surgery can decompress the area of stenosis and relieve pressure on the nerves. The most common procedure is called a laminectomy, which occurs when the back part (lamina) of the affected vertebra is removed. Your surgeon may consider other minimally invasive surgical approaches to remove portions of bone or lamina.
Why Choose Inspira for Spinal Stenosis Care
With a team of trusted neurosurgeons operating in South Jersey, there’s no need to travel outside of your community to receive cutting-edge care. Our surgeons, physicians and nurses bring a wide range of diverse expertise to the operating room, ensuring you get comprehensive neurosurgery services right in your neighborhood.
Inspira’s minimally invasive surgical experts specialize in treating spinal, brain and nerve conditions with skilled precision. Our state-of-the-art surgical facilities are equipped with advanced 3D imaging technology, which allows our neurosurgeons to use minimally invasive techniques that reduce pain and scarring, improve surgical outcomes and speed up recovery time.
Thanks to Inspira’s integrated provider network, our neurosurgical team is poised to provide personalized, coordinated care. By taking a multidisciplinary approach to treatment, your surgeon will have access to other specialists—from intensivists and hospitalists, to endocrinologists and physical therapists—that will work closely together to diagnose and treat your condition.
Inspira Spinal Stenosis Care Locations
Our neurosurgeons treat patients around South Jersey from several convenient locations.