Spinal stenosis (the narrowing of your spinal canal) is a common cause of back and neck pain. If you’ve got pain and mobility problems because of spinal stenosis, board-certified neurosurgeon Beejal Amin, MD, FAANS, can help. Dr. Amin has offices in Oak Lawn, South Holland, and Orland Park, Illinois. He can evaluate your spine and recommend treatments, including spine surgery, to relieve your symptoms. Call Beejal Y. Amin MD today or book an appointment online to learn how you can benefit from his expertise in treating spinal stenosis.
Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of your spinal canal. Many things can cause spinal stenosis, most of them related to aging. They include:
Spinal abnormalities like scoliosis can sometimes cause stenosis.
Not everyone who has spinal stenosis experiences symptoms. Back or neck pain is likely to be the primary problem if you do. Other spinal stenosis symptoms include:
Spinal stenosis symptoms develop when the narrowed spinal canal irritates or presses on the nerves coming off your spinal cord. These nerves extend throughout your body, passing through gaps (foramen) in the spinal column bones.
Your symptoms follow the affected nerve’s path, so you might experience arm and leg pain. Sciatica, which can cause lower back and leg pain due to sciatic nerve compression, is sometimes brought on by spinal stenosis.
If you suffer from lumbar spinal stenosis, you might find that leaning or bending forward relieves the pain by making more room for the spinal nerves.
Spinal stenosis treatment begins conservatively. Treatments Dr. Amin might recommend include:
If you’re not experiencing much improvement after several months of treatment, it might be worth considering surgery.
Decompression surgery is the main procedure for relieving spinal stenosis. Decompression involves getting rid of the cause of your spinal stenosis. That could mean removing bone spurs that develop because of osteoarthritis or taking away thickened ligaments.
Dr. Amin can also remove parts of the vertebrae to make more room for your nerves. He can take some (laminotomy) or all (laminectomy) of the lamina bone at the back of your vertebra. Or he can widen the holes that your spinal nerves pass through (foraminotomy).
If your spinal stenosis is caused by a disc problem, Dr. Amin can remove all or part of the affected disc. To stabilize your spine, he fuses the bones on either side of the space. Or you might be a candidate for an artificial disc replacement.
Dr. Amin often uses minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS). MISS doesn’t cause as much tissue damage as open surgery, so you suffer less pain and recover quickly.
Call Beejal Y. Amin MD today or book an appointment online to find the solution to your spinal stenosis symptoms.