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Spinal Stenosis

Treatment for Spinal Stenosis in Cincinnati

At Beacon Orthopaedics, our spine experts are dedicated to providing the most conservative treatment that effectively alleviates patient’s pain and symptoms. Spinal stenosis is often a result of arthritis and wear and tear to the spine, and can cause pain, weakness, numbness, and other problems. Our specialists offer a range of treatments to alleviate symptoms of spinal stenosis so our patients can get back to enjoying the activities they love.

What is Spinal Stenosis?

Over time, normal wear and tear causes changes to the spine, causing specific areas of the spine to become more narrow. This is called spinal stenosis, and may consist of narrowing of the space at the center of the spine, narrowing of the canals that connect nerves to the spine, or narrowing of the space between the vertebrae. Spinal stenosis causes increased pressure on the spinal cord and nearby nerve roots, which can lead to numbness, pain, or leg weakness.1

Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis is most frequently seen in the cervical (neck) area of the spine and the lumbar area (lower back), though it can occur in the mid-back (thoracic spinal stenosis). Each form of spinal stenosis may cause different symptoms, such as:2

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Difficulty with walking, balance, and fine motor skills
  • Bowel or bladder dysfunction
  • A sensation of heaviness in the legs
  • Shooting pain in the arm or leg
  • Leg pain
  • Pain in the ribs
  • Pain that radiates to the back of the legs
  • Tingling or numbness in the feet or legs
  • Sciatica

Non-Surgical Treatment for Spinal Stenosis

At Beacon Orthopaedics, your spine specialist will recommend conservative measures as the first line of treatment for spinal stenosis. This may include:

  • NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) for pain
  • Hot or cold compresses
  • Exercise
  • Physical therapy
  • Epidural injections

Surgical Treatment for Spinal Stenosis

When conservative care does not alleviate a patient’s spinal stenosis pain and symptoms, or if his or her quality of life is hindered by this condition, surgery is the next line of treatment. Depending on the area of spinal stenosis, surgery may consist of:

  • Laminectomy: This procedure involves compressing the spinal sac and nerve roots, and is often referred to as a “decompression.”
  • Spinal Fusion: In cases where arthritis has threatened the stability of the spine, fusion may also be performed.

Contact Beacon Orthopaedics

The fellowship-trained spine specialists at Beacon Orthopaedics understand the pain and other symptoms that can accompany spinal stenosis, and are dedicated to helping our patients achieve relief. If you are suffering from back or neck pain, we will conduct a comprehensive examination to diagnose the source of your pain and recommend the most effective treatment. To schedule a consultation with a spinal stenosis expert, please contact us.

1 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Lumbar Spinal Stenosis. Available: https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/diseases–conditions/lumbar-spinal-stenosis/. Accessed August 9, 2021.
2 Mayo Clinic. Spinal Stenosis. Available: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/spinal-stenosis/symptoms-causes/syc-20352961. Accessed August 9, 2021.