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Spinal Stenosis Specialist

Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute

Neurosurgeons located in Tulsa, Bartlesville, Sallisaw, Miami, & Claremore, OK

Your risk for spinal stenosis increases after the age of 50 or if you experience trauma to your spine. The neurosurgeons at Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute offer comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for spinal stenosis in Tulsa, Bartlesville, Sallisaw, Miami, and Claremore, Oklahoma. Steroid injections and several types of surgery to relieve pain and inflammation associated with spinal stenosis are available. To find out more about treating spinal stenosis, call the Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute office nearest you today.

Spinal Stenosis Q & A

What is spinal stenosis?

Spinal stenosis describes a narrowing of your spinal canal. While some people are born with a narrow spinal canal, many cases of spinal stenosis develop because of underlying conditions like:

  • Tumors
  • Bone spurs
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Herniated discs

Spinal injuries can also cause premature narrowing of your spine that leads to pain and other symptoms of spinal stenosis.

What are the symptoms of spinal stenosis?

Spinal stenosis symptoms vary based on which part of your spine begins to narrow. Initially, you may not have any noticeable symptoms, but as the condition progresses, you may experience symptoms that affect your cervical spine (neck) or your lumbar spine (lower back).

Symptoms typically result from compression on the nerves surrounding your spine and include:

  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Weakness in legs or arms
  • Numbness or tingling in legs or arms
  • Difficulties maintaining balance

If left untreated, spinal stenosis can also alter your bladder and bowel function and result in incontinence issues.

How is spinal stenosis diagnosed?

To determine if your symptoms relate to spinal stenosis or another underlying condition, your provider at Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute reviews your personal and family medical history and performs a physical exam of your spine. They may ask you to make certain movements to evaluate your spine flexibility and range of motion.

Diagnostic tests like X-rays or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) show your provider the inner structures of your spinal canal to confirm herniated discs, osteoarthritis, and other causes of spinal stenosis.

How is spinal stenosis treated?

Treatment for spinal stenosis depends on the location and severity of your condition. Initially, you may benefit from over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatories to ease pain and keep you physically active.

Your Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute provider may also recommend physical therapy to strengthen the muscles supporting your spine. Other treatments for spinal stenosis include:

Steroid injections

Your provider can administer steroid injections that deliver anti-inflammatory medications directly into your spine.

Stem cell therapy

Injections of stem cells can regenerate into new, healthy tissue to replace or repair damaged bone and soft tissues.

Spinal cord stimulator

A spinal cord stimulator is an implantable device that sends low currents of electricity into the epidural space of your spine to disrupt pain signals from traveling from your spinal nerves to your brain.

Surgery

The team at Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute provides surgical treatments for spinal stenosis, including a lumbar decompression procedure to remove excess ligaments pressing on your spine and surgery to remove part of the damaged vertebrae to widen your spinal canal.

For help with the chronic pain of spinal stenosis, contact Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute. You can schedule a consultation by calling the office nearest you today.