Spinal stenosis develops gradually and is one of the top causes of back pain in adults over 50. Dr. Faisal Mahmood at One Oak Medical specializes in back and neck problems like spinal stenosis. He focuses on relieving your pain with conservative treatment, then uses his expertise in minimally invasive spine surgery should your spinal stenosis worsen. You don’t have to put up with back pain. Schedule an appointment online or call one of the offices in Wayne, Paramus, Middletown, and Point Pleasant, New Jersey, and Staten Island, New York.
The vertebrae in your spine create a channel, the spinal canal, that protects your nerves as they travel from your brain to the rest of your body. Spinal stenosis occurs when the spinal canal narrows, in some cases putting pressure on those nerves.
Spinal stenosis may develop in your neck (cervical spinal stenosis) and lower back (lumbar spinal stenosis).
Some people inherit traits that cause narrowing of the spinal canal. In most cases, however, spinal stenosis develops over time due to age-related changes such as:
As you age, the discs between the vertebrae become dehydrated and begin to degenerate. As a result, the soft, inner portion of the disc pushes through the tough, outer covering, taking up space in the spinal canal.
Your spine responds to stressors like degenerated discs and osteoarthritis by growing excess bone, creating bone spurs that narrow the spinal canal.
The ligaments that support your spine tend to thicken and stiffen over time. As a result, they bulge into the spinal canal.
Degenerative spondylolisthesis occurs when a disc slips out of place, which may, in turn, affect the spinal canal.
The symptoms of spinal stenosis develop from inflammation and pressure on nerves in the narrowed area of the spine. You may not have any symptoms, but if you do, you’ll experience problems such as:
The first line of treatment for spinal stenosis consists of conservative options to reduce inflammation and relieve pain. Your customized treatment plan may include therapies such as anti-inflammatory medication, steroid injections, and physical therapy.
If your symptoms don’t improve with conservative treatment, your doctor may recommend surgery to remove excess bone, decompress the spine, or fuse bones to improve stability.
Dr. Mahmood specializes in minimally invasive and same-day spine surgery. Minimally invasive procedures use a few tiny incisions, so your recovery is quicker, you have less pain, and scarring is minimal.
When you develop back or neck pain, call One Oak Medical or book an appointment online for a thorough evaluation and pain relief.