Spinal Stenosis & Other Spine Conditions Treated in Louisville, KY

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Spinal stenosis develops when the open spaces within the spinal column become narrower. In many cases, the tightening results from age-related degeneration that occurs gradually over time. For instance, a bulging or herniated disc, inflamed facet joint, thickened ligament, or spinal bone spur can encroach the already limited space in the spinal canal. While the narrowing itself is not necessarily a problem, pain and other symptoms can develop if the spinal cord or a nearby nerve root is squeezed or pressured as a result.

What Are the Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis?

If spinal stenosis does not involve nerve compression, it may not produce any symptoms at all. On the other hand, a compressed spinal nerve can cause discomfort in the form of:

  • Neck or back pain
  • Tingling sensations
  • Numbness
  • Muscle weakness

The type and severity of the resulting symptoms can vary based on the location of—and amount of pressure being exerted on—the affected nerve. In very severe cases, a rare but serious complication known as cauda equina syndrome may develop. This condition, which can cause bladder or bowel incontinence, requires emergency medical attention to prevent lasting damage.

How Is Spinal Stenosis Treated?

Mild-to-moderate spinal stenosis symptoms can often be treated effectively with pain-relieving medications, physical therapy, and/or steroid injections. To address debilitating symptoms that do not respond to conservative treatment, spinal decompression surgery may be considered to create additional space in the spinal canal and alleviate pressure on the compressed nerves. One option is a laminectomy, which involves removing the entire back portion (lamina) of a vertebra. Another is a laminotomy, which involves removing a portion of a lamina. In some cases, a spinal fusion procedure may be suggested to strengthen and stabilize the spinal column by encouraging two adjacent vertebrae to grow together into a single, solid piece of bone.

If you are experiencing spinal stenosis symptoms, you can confidently entrust your care to the spine specialists at Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic. We offer comprehensive, state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment services for neck and back conditions in Louisville, Kentucky. To request an appointment, contact Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic in Louisville, KY, today.

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Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic

4130 Dutchman's Lane,
Suite 300,Louisville 40207
(502) 897-1794

Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic

1425 State St.,
,New Albany 47150
(812) 920-0408

Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic
4130 Dutchman's Lane
Suite 300
Louisville, KY 40207

Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic
1425 State St.
New Albany, IN 47150