Although the spine is a row of just 26 bones in your back, it allows you to stand up straight and bend over and even protect your sensitive spinal cord from being injured. Unfortunately, this means spinal disorders or injuries typically result in mild to severe back and neck pain . One common spinal condition is known as spinal stenosis, which is a narrowing of the spine in the center of the spine, in the canals where nerves branch out, and/or the space between vertebrae. If you are experiencing back or neck pain, read on to learn more about a possible culprit.
Causes of Spinal Stenosis
Aging is the primary cause of spinal stenosis . As people get older, the bands of tissue that support the spine get thick and hard, causing the spine to narrow. Arthritis (especially osteoarthritis) can also cause spinal stenosis. While rare, there are some inherited conditions that may also cause this spinal condition.
Signs and Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis
Symptoms of spinal stenosis often appear slowly and get worse over time. The most common signs of spinal stenosis include pain in the neck and/or back, numbness or pain in the arms and/or legs, pain radiating down the leg, and foot problems. Cauda equine syndrome is another type of spinal stenosis which places pressure on the nerves in the lower back and causes loss of control of the bowel or bladder and pain or loss of feeling in one or both legs.
Treatment for Spinal Stenosis
Because spinal stenosis has many causes and symptoms, you will need to schedule a one-on-one consultation with a spinal doctor to determine the best course of action. Depending on the severity and location of your spinal stenosis, your doctor may prescribe non-surgical treatments such as medication or physical therapy. If symptoms get worse or do not go away, your doctor will likely suggest surgery.
If you believe that you are suffering from spinal stenosis, schedule an appointment with Dr. Perry at the Spine Institute of Nevada . We specialize in the full spectrum of spinal care, and are committed to easing your back, neck, and spinal pain. Visit our website to learn more about our surgical and non-surgical options, or call (702) 239-3787 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Perry.
If you experience chronic back pain, electrical nerve stimulation is one treatment option that your doctor may suggest. Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) uses a small pulse generator to send electrical pulses to the nerves in the spinal cord. These pulses interfere with the nerve impulses that make you feel pain. In addition to lower back pain, SCS can help certain types of chronic back pain, such as failed back surgery syndrome and complex regional pain syndrome.
To discuss your back pain and treatment options, contact Dr. Perry at the Spine Institute of Nevada. Dr. Perry and his staff implement the latest techniques and methods to cure back and neck pain. Visit our website to learn more about our spine treatments and services , including SCS placement. If you have questions or would like to schedule a consultation, call us today at (702) 239-3787.
The cervical spine is the neck area; it consists of the first seven vertebrae of the spine. While the cervical area provides greater flexibility than the rest of the spine, it’s also particularly prone to injuries because it lacks a great deal of muscle support and because it must bear the weight of the head. The cervical spine can easily become injured with sudden, forceful movements of the head, such as those that are sustained in car accidents. It’s also susceptible to damage from long hours of using improper posture. If you suffer from neck pain, talk to a spine surgeon to learn about your treatment options.
Neck pain is often the result of a herniated disc in the cervical region of the spine. Disc herniation occurs when soft, spongy material on the inside of the disc protrudes through to the exterior. This material can compress nearby nerves, which results in neck pain. During a discectomy, the surgeon will remove the damaged disc and either leave the space or apply a bone graft. Patients can enjoy a full recovery with the help of physical therapy.
Cervical Disc Replacement
A cervical disc replacement is similar to a discectomy. However, the damaged disc is replaced with an artificial disc. This can help patients enjoy more natural movement of the neck. This type of surgery is best suited to younger patients.
If your neck pain is caused by spinal stenosis , or the narrowing of the spinal canal, you could be a good candidate for a cervical laminoplasty. The surgeon will open the back of the vertebra, known as the lamina. In a laminectomy, the lamina is removed. However, with a laminoplasty, the lamina is preserved and fusion of the vertebrae is not required. This provides greater flexibility for the neck area, while creating sufficient space for the spinal cord.
Dr. Perry of the Spine Institute of Nevada specializes in minimally invasive techniques to treat neck pain. To determine whether you are a good candidate for a cervical discectomy, laminoplasty, or disc replacement, schedule a consultation at our clinic in Las Vegas. You can connect with us by calling (702) 239-3787 or visiting our website.
- Back Pain
- Spinal Compression Fractures
- Disc Replacement
- Thoracic Spine
- Minimally Invasive Surgery
- Spine Surgery
- Cervical Spine
- Lumbar Laminectomy
- Thoracic Lateral Fusion
- Spinal Tumors
- Vertebroplasty Procedure
- Spinal Deformities
- Herniated Disc
- Bone Grafts
- Kyphoplasty Procedures
- Compression Fractures
- Spinal Stenosis
- Pinched Nerves