Spinal Stenosis

Neurosurgery located in Birmingham, AL

Spinal Stenosis services offered in Birmingham, AL

Neck or back pain could indicate spinal stenosis, a condition characterized by a narrowed spinal canal. At Alabama Neurological Surgery & Spine in Birmingham, Alabama, the skilled neurosurgeons diagnose and treat spinal stenosis to ease discomfort and give you the best quality of life possible. Call the office to schedule an appointment, or use the online booking feature today.

Spinal Stenosis Q&A

What is spinal stenosis?

Spinal stenosis is a condition that causes the space inside of your spine to narrow. It can put pressure on nearby spinal cord and nerves. The discomfort it causes often appears in your neck or lower back. Cervical spinal stenosis develops in the upper spine near your neck, while lumbar spinal stenosis affects the lower spine in your back.

What are the symptoms of spinal stenosis?

The hallmark symptoms associated with spinal stenosis include:

  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Leg pain or cramping
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Muscle weakness
  • Pain with standing or walking
  • Problems with balance or walking
  • Bowel or bladder issues

Sometimes you don’t notice any symptoms — at least not right away. If you do have symptoms of spinal stenosis, they may worsen over time if left untreated. See the Alabama Neurological Surgery & Spine specialists at the first sign of a problem. 

What are the risk factors for spinal stenosis?

The risk factors linked with spinal stenosis are:

  • Age-related wear-and-tear
  • Arthritis
  • Smaller spinal canal
  • Bone spurs
  • Thickened ligaments in your spine
  • Tumors
  • Disc herniation 
  • Spinal injuries
  • Being over 50
  • Scoliosis

You can also injure your spine in a car accident, by playing sports, falling, or enduring other forms of physical trauma. Other times the cause of your condition isn’t entirely clear.

How does my doctor diagnose spinal stenosis?

To find out if you have spinal stenosis, your Alabama Neurological Surgery & Spine provider asks about your medical history, symptoms, and lifestyle habits. They complete a physical exam and order imaging procedures, such as X-rays, an MRI, or a CT scan, to obtain detailed images of your spine and the surrounding tissues.

How is spinal stenosis treated?

The Alabama Neurological Surgery & Spine specialists may recommend one or more of the following treatments for spinal stenosis:

  • Medications
  • Weight loss
  • Physical therapy
  • Injections
  • Manual manipulation
  • Needle procedures to reduce thick ligaments
  • Surgery

Alabama Neurological Surgery & Spine offers laminectomy, laminotomy, and laminoplasty procedures to make more space in your spinal canal and ease pain caused by spinal stenosis. 

They use the latest advances in surgical technologies and procedures to ensure exceptional, long-lasting results. Your surgeon tailors each treatment to your needs, treatment preferences, lifestyle, and desired results.

To find out if you have spinal stenosis and get treated for this often-painful condition, schedule an appointment at Alabama Neurological Surgery & Spine by phone or online today.