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Spinal stenosis occurs when the spinal column space is narrowed, causing pressure to be placed on the spinal cord or nerve roots in the spine. Spinal stenosis can be caused by a variety of issues, including degenerative changes, injuries and other health conditions. Our spine specialists at DOCS Health offer an accurate diagnosis and spinal stenosis treatment at our orthopedic medical center in Los Angeles.

Spinal stenosis can be caused by a variety of different changes in the spine. While an injury or trauma to the spine can result in narrowing of the spinal column space, the more common cause of spinal stenosis is degenerative issues. Spinal osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease can deteriorate the spinal discs and vertebrae. This can cause bone spurs and thickened ligaments in the spine that infringe on the spinal column space, resulting in nerve compression or spinal stenosis.

Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis symptoms are caused by nerve root or spinal cord compression. As the space inside of the spinal column narrows, nerve roots can be pinched, or there can be pressure put on the spinal cord. The resulting symptoms depend on where the spinal stenosis occurs. It is most common in the cervical (neck) or lumbar (low back) areas of the spine. Symptoms include:

  • Localized pain in the neck or lower back
  • Radiating nerve pain in affected limbs (arms, hands, legs or feet)
  • Tingling or numbness radiating into affected limbs
  • Myelopathy – spinal cord compression, usually only occurs with cervical stenosis

Spinal stenosis treatment depends on the cause of nerve compression and the severity. Conservative treatments can include physical therapy, NSAIDs or steroid injections to reduce nerve root pressure and relieve pain. For more severe spinal stenosis, spine surgery may be recommended to remove bone spurs or repair degenerative conditions to widen the spinal column space.

If you have symptoms of spinal stenosis, contact our team at DOCS Health. Our board certified neurospine specialists offer advanced spinal stenosis treatment at our clinic in Los Angeles.