Spinal stenosis is a fairly common condition in America, affecting around 500,000 men and women. It is a condition characterized by a narrowing of the spinal canal that puts pressure on the nerves within the spinal cord, often leading to pain, numbness, or tingling in the extremities. Spinal stenosis can occur in both the cervical (neck) region and the lumbar (lower back) region of the spine, although it is most common in the cervical spine. It can affect both men and women, and can be either present from birth or acquired, mainly through spinal trauma or the natural aging process. Dr. Todd Gravori and his team of spinal surgery experts at ProMed SPINE in Beverly Hills, Valencia, and Encino are highly skilled at diagnosing and treating all types of spinal stenosis.
Stenosis Back Treatment
Spinal stenosis back treatment can be done in a variety of ways. Mild cases of stenosis may not need to be treated at all, or may be managed through conservative treatments such as medications or physical therapy. However, in cases where conservative treatments fail to adequately address symptoms, spine surgery may be recommended. There are a variety of surgeries which can be performed to address spinal stenosis symptoms, depending on what the root cause of the stenosis is.
Some of the types of surgery that may be considered for spinal stenosis include:
- MILD procedure
- Interspinous Process Decompression
- Percutaneous Discectomy
- Percutaneous Foraminotomy
- Microscopic/endoscopic Surgery
These surgeries all have extremely high success rates when performed by an expert, skilled neurosurgeon, such as Dr. Gravori and those on his team. Many people fear that spine surgery will leave them worse off than they were before, but this fear is unfounded as long as the surgery is chosen carefully based on a solid root cause and not rushed into.
Next, read about Microdiscectomy Procedure.