Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the space in the spinal canal, which may put pressure on the spinal nerves, resulting in pain. At Las Vegas Spine & Pain Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, the specialists provide comprehensive care for spinal stenosis, ranging from conservative medical interventions to minimally invasive procedures. Call one of the three Las Vegas offices today or schedule an appointment online.
Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal. The series of bones that make up your spinal column — vertebrae — protect the spinal cord and provide an exit point for the spinal nerves. The amount of space in the spinal canal is limited.
When you have spinal stenosis, there’s less space for the spinal cord and spinal nerves. The structures that make up your spine may irritate or compress these nerves, resulting in radiating pain.
Spinal stenosis can occur at any age. However, your risk of developing spinal stenosis increases as you get older because of the degenerative changes to the spine that occur with age.
Not everyone with spinal stenosis has symptoms. However, spinal stenosis is a progressive condition, and when symptoms start, they tend to worsen over time.
You can develop spinal stenosis in any part of the spine. However, it most often affects the lumbar (lower back) or cervical spine (neck):
Lumbar stenosis means the narrowing occurs in the lower part of your spine. With lumbar spinal stenosis, you may have lower back pain that radiates into the legs. Sciatica is a common pain condition that occurs with lumbar spinal stenosis.
Cervical spinal stenosis means there’s narrowing in the cervical spine, causing pain in the neck that radiates into the head, upper back, and arms.
You should seek help from the team at Las Vegas Spine & Pain Center for spinal stenosis when you start having neck or back pain. Early diagnosis and treatment may prevent or delay the progression of your condition.
During your consultation, your provider reviews your symptoms and medical history and performs a physical exam. They may also request imaging tests such as an X-ray or MRI to assess the degree of your narrowing.
Treatment for spinal stenosis depends on the severity of your symptoms and the location of your narrowing. Initially, the team at Las Vegas Spine & Pain Center may recommend medical interventions such as anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy.
The team may also perform epidural steroid injections.
For severe symptoms, the spine specialists may recommend minimally invasive surgery to improve spacing in the spine, relieving the pain.
Call Las Vegas Spine & Pain Center or schedule your spinal stenosis consultation online today.