Spinal Stenosis

Coastal Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center

Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine located in Port St. Lucie, FL & Stuart, FL

Pain in your lower back or neck that occurs with symptoms like numbness or tingling may be due to spinal stenosis. The skilled orthopaedic surgeons at Coastal Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center diagnose and treat spinal stenosis at their locations in Port St. Lucie and Stuart, Florida. If you think you may have spinal stenosis, call your nearest office today.

Spinal Stenosis

What is spinal stenosis?

Your spinal cord runs through a column of vertebrae that support and protect it. Spinal stenosis happens when the space within this column narrows and begins to press on your spinal cord. This condition most often occurs in the neck (cervical spine) or low back (lumbar spine).

What are the symptoms of spinal stenosis?

Most of the time, symptoms of spinal stenosis develop slowly. Depending on the location of your spinal stenosis, symptoms may include:

  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Trouble with balance and walking
  • Numbness or tingling in the arm, hand, leg, or foot
  • Weakness in the leg, foot, arm, or hand

Some people who show signs of spinal stenosis on a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan don’t experience symptoms at all. 

What causes spinal stenosis?

Spinal stenosis happens when something causes the space within your spinal column to narrow. Conditions that may cause spinal stenosis include:

  • Arthritis, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Age-related degenerative changes to the spine
  • Paget’s disease, which causes abnormal bone growth
  • Spinal injuries from motor vehicle accidents and other trauma
  • Scoliosis, which is an abnormal curvature of the spine

The risk of developing spinal stenosis increases with age. Most people who have spinal stenosis are over age 50.

How is spinal stenosis diagnosed?

First, your doctor at Coastal Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center asks you to describe your symptoms and reviews your medical history. They perform a physical exam, checking your balance and movement when you walk. They may also take tests, such as an X-ray or MRI, to check for a narrowing of your spinal canal.

How is spinal stenosis treated?

After they diagnose spinal stenosis, your doctor at Coastal Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center creates an individualized treatment plan. They always take the most conservative approach possible. 

Depending on the location and severity of your spinal stenosis, treatment may include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Medications to relieve pain
  • Steroid injections
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections

If you have lumbar spinal stenosis that doesn’t resolve with conservative treatments, they may recommend a percutaneous image-guided lumbar decompression (PILD) procedure, which involves creating more space in the spinal canal with needle-like instruments. 

When surgery is necessary, the team at Coastal Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center uses minimally invasive techniques whenever possible.

For conservative and compassionate care of spinal stenosis, call Coastal Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center today.