If you're 60 or older, you’re more likely to experience spinal stenosis. Over time, spinal stenosis causes the space around your spinal column to narrow, resulting in pain and stiffness. At Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center, the experienced orthopedic specialists regularly diagnose and treat spinal stenosis. To request an appointment at the practice in Henderson or Las Vegas, Nevada, call the nearest office to speak with a staff member or click the online scheduler.
Spinal stenosis is a degenerative condition that causes the area around your spine to narrow, placing pressure on one (or several) nerves. This narrowing can occur anywhere in your spine, but it’s especially common in the lower back.
The most common cause of spinal stenosis is osteoarthritis, but it can occur due to other reasons as well, including:
If you experience back pain on a regular basis and it doesn’t improve with rest or at-home treatments, make an appointment at Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center.
There are several types of spinal stenosis, and each is characterized by where they occur. For example, cervical stenosis occurs in the cervical spine (neck) while lumbar stenosis occurs in the lower back.
Symptoms of spinal stenosis include:
If spinal stenosis is left untreated, it may also increase the risk of bladder or bowel dysfunction, such as urinary incontinence.
The team at Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center diagnoses spinal stenosis by reviewing your medical history and asking about your symptoms, including their severity and if any activities, like sitting down or exercising, make them worse.
Afterward, they conduct a physical exam and order a series of diagnostic imaging tests like X-rays, an MRI, or a CT scan. These measures can pinpoint underlying issues like bone spurs, tumors, or damage to your vertebral discs and ligaments.
Treatment of spinal stenosis depends on several factors, including the severity of your symptoms and their effect on your daily life. When possible, the team at Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center recommends conservative measures of care, including:
If these treatments don’t provide relief, you might benefit from surgery. The team offers several types of surgery to treat spinal stenosis, including:
Your provider works alongside you to determine the type of treatment that best aligns with your needs.
To receive treatment for spinal stenosis, contact the team at Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center. Schedule an appointment with the online booking feature, or call the nearest office to speak with a staff member.