Spinal Stenosis Specialist

Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine

Orthopedic Spine Surgery & Neurosurgery located in Englewood, NJ, Jersey City, NJ, West New York, NJ, Staten Island, NY, Ridgewood, NJ, & Bayonne, NJ

Stenosis or narrowing of the spinal column is a common cause of nerve compression and back pain. If you have spinal stenosis, the skilled team at Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine can help. They have locations in Englewood, Jersey City, Bronx, Brooklyn, and Bayonne, New Jersey, as well as the Castleton Corners area of Staten Island in New York City, where they offer a range of cutting-edge treatments for spinal stenosis. To benefit from their expertise, call the Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine office nearest you or book an appointment online today.

Spinal Stenosis Q & A

What is spinal stenosis?

Spinal stenosis is a term for changes in your spine that cause the spinal column to get narrower. There are two forms of spinal stenosis: cervical stenosis, which affects your neck (cervical spine), and lumbar stenosis, which affects your lower back (lumbar spine).

Lumbar spinal stenosis

Lumbar spinal stenosis develops more often than cervical stenosis. It occurs when one or more of the spinal nerves in your lower back come under pressure and can't send clear signals to your legs. That results in pain and numbness in your leg or sciatica symptoms.

Cervical spinal stenosis

Cervical spinal stenosis is a more serious diagnosis than lumbar stenosis, as it can cause more severe complications. Spinal cord compression causes the space between your vertebrae to shrink, which could result in weakness and possibly paralysis. Cervical spinal stenosis is more common in older people.

What symptoms does spinal stenosis cause?

Symptoms of spinal stenosis could include:

  • Being unable to walk without pain
  • Having to sit to ease your pain
  • Tingling in your legs or arms
  • Some loss of function
  • Trouble raising your arms
  • Pain that comes and goes
  • Clumsiness

You might not always experience problems with spinal stenosis, but for some people, it can have a severe impact on their ability to lead a normal life.

What are the common causes of spinal stenosis?

The most likely causes of spinal stenosis include:

Aging

As your body gets older, you're more likely to develop problems like degenerative disc disease, in which the discs flatten and cause the space between your vertebrae to narrow.

Spondylolisthesis

Spondylolisthesis is a condition where one vertebra partially slides over the top of another, again narrowing the space between the vertebrae.

Congenital conditions

You may be born with a compressed spinal cord but not develop symptoms until later in your life.

Injuries

Damage that results in a spine fracture or the development of a bone spur can lead to spinal stenosis.

Osteoarthritis can also cause bone spur development, and herniated discs may contribute to the narrowing that occurs in spinal stenosis.

How is spinal stenosis treated?

The team at Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine can often treat spinal stenosis successfully using conservative and non-surgical methods, such as:

  • Medication
  • Activity modification
  • Physical therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Facet joint injections
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Spinal cord stimulation

If these treatments aren't reducing your symptoms after three months, your provider can discuss surgical options like laminectomy and spinal fusion.  

For relief from spinal stenosis symptoms, call Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine today or book an appointment online.