Spinal Stenosis Surgery In Los Angeles
What is Spinal Stenosis?
Spinal stenosis occurs when the spaces within your spine become narrow. Lesser space within your spine reduces the space available for your spinal cord and nerves. This can lead to the spinal cord or nerves becoming irritated and compressed, which causes back pain and sciatica. Spinal stenosis usually develops slowly over time as you age and for this reason, you may not experience any symptoms for a long time. It is most commonly caused by osteoarthritis or wear-and-tear changes that occur naturally with time.
Depending on the severity of your spinal stenosis, you might feel pain, numbing, tingling, or weakness in your back, neck, arms, legs, hands, or feet. It can occur anywhere along the spine but the most common areas are:
- Neck (cervical spine stenosis)
- Lower back (lumbar canal stenosis)
If you are someone looking for a place for spinal stenosis surgery in Los Angeles, continue reading this article.
What causes Spinal Stenosis?
Your spine consists of a stack of 24 bones, also known as vertebrae, plus the fused bones of the sacrum and coccyx. The backbone begins at the base of your skull and ends at your pelvis. As we all know that our spine supports our body’s weight and also protects the spinal cord, therefore any change in its structure can cause narrowing of space around the spinal cord and nerves. The main causes of spinal stenosis include:
- Herniated disk: Vertebral disk acts as a shock absorber along the spine. Flattening of these disks with age causes the gel-like center to break through a weak or torn outer layer. The bulging disk presses on the nerves near the disks.
- Arthritic spurs: Osteoarthritis is the wear and tear condition that breaks down the cartilage, a protective covering in your joints. As it wears away, the bones rub against each other which leads to bone spurs, an overgrowth of bone. This narrows the space in the spinal canal, pinching nerves in the spine.
Above mentioned are the two common causes of spinal stenosis. Other causes include thickened ligaments, spinal fractures and injuries, spinal cord cysts and tumors, or congenital spinal stenosis (an abnormally shaped spine by birth).
Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis and how is it diagnosed?
The narrowing of the spinal canal is a slow process and it worsens over time. Although spinal stenosis can occur anywhere along the spine, the lower back and neck are common areas. Symptoms vary from person to person depending on some factors like age and any spinal injury.
Symptoms of neck spinal stenosis include neck pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in the arm, hand, leg, or foot. Loss of bladder control or loss of function in hands can occur in severe cases. Other symptoms of lower back spinal stenosis include pain in the lower back, sciatica (this pain begins in the buttocks and extends down the leg), weakness in the leg or foot, or loss of bladder control in severe cases.
If a spinal nerve or the spinal cord is compressed for a long period of time, this can lead to permanent numbness and/or paralysis. This is why it is important to see your healthcare provider right away if you experience any of the above-mentioned symptoms. Southern California Brain & Spine Surgery has the most qualified neurosurgeon for spinal stenosis surgery in Los Angeles.
Surgical treatments for Spinal Stenosis
There are many treatment options available. Some of them are self-help remedies that include exercise, applying heat or cold. Other non-surgical treatments include oral medication, physical therapy, or steroid injections.
As the spine is the most delicate part of your body, spinal stenosis surgery is usually considered as the last option when all other treatments have failed. Fortunately, most people suffering from spinal stenosis do not require surgery, but if your symptoms persist and worsen over time, talk to your healthcare provider about surgical options.
Types of spine surgery include:
- Spinal fusion
Looking for a place for the best spinal stenosis surgery in Los Angeles? Dr. Moksha Ranasinghe at Southern California Brain & Spine Surgery can assist you. She is a renowned board-certified neurosurgeon by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons. She has years of medical training in the diagnosis and treatment of brain and spinal disorders. Visit Southern California Brain & Spine Surgery’s website or call at (213) 369-4583 today and schedule a consultation.