Spinal Stenosis

The spine creates a protective space around the vital structure of the spinal cord. Spinal stenosis is a condition that occurs when the spaces in the spine become narrower, which can put pressure on the spinal cord or the nerves that branch off from it. This pressure can cause back pain, arm pain, or leg pain, as well as muscle weakness that may affect mobility. If you are suffering from pain or other symptoms associated with spinal stenosis in Houston, the Spine Disc Replacement Center can offer several treatment solutions to help you take back your daily life.

The Spine’s Anatomy and Spinal Stenosis

The spine consists of 26 vertebrae; between these vertebrae are soft, absorbing discs, as well as empty spaces that facilitate motion and surround the spinal cord. These spaces also allow nerve roots to branch away from the spinal cord and spread throughout the body. Spinal stenosis occurs when one or more of the three types of spaces in the spine become narrower, typically due to aging.

  • The space between the vertebrae is maintained by the spinal discs. As these discs age, they also dry out, which causes them to lose volume and allows for compression of the spine. This compression can place pressure on the spinal cord and nerves, which leads to pain and other symptoms.
  • The center of the spine contains the spinal canal; there are also spaces in each vertebra through which the nerve roots exit the spinal canal. These spaces can become narrower due to bone growth or spinal tumors. Bone growth is typically associated with osteoarthritis, while spinal tumors may be benign or malignant.

Non-Surgical vs. Surgical Treatment for Spinal Stenosis

Non-surgical treatments for spinal stenosis include medication to reduce pain and inflammation, physical and occupational therapy, and bracing. However, if these treatments don’t address your symptoms sufficiently or spinal stenosis affects your ability to walk, causes chronic pain, or impacts bowel or bladder function, surgery may be the best long-term treatment solution to restore quality of life. You can find out more about both surgical and non-surgical treatment solutions for spinal stenosis in Houston when you contact the Spine Disc Replacement Center at (346) 571-7500.

  • Laminectomy is a surgical procedure that removes the excess bone or tissue responsible for filling the spinal spaces and compressing the spine or nerve roots.
  • Spinal fusion connects two or more adjacent vertebrae to prevent the spaces between them from collapsing.
  • Spinal disc replacement can replace a deteriorating spinal disc with an artificial implant that maintains the space between adjacent vertebrae.

What Sets Us Apart?

  • 10 Years Of Experience
  • Customized Treatment Plans
  • Provides Non Fusion Procedure
  • Provides Non-Surgical Treatment

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