Spinal Stenosis Specialists

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The Metropolitan Neurosurgery Group

Neurosurgery located in Silver Spring, MD

Spinal stenosis, a progressive condition that can irritate your spinal nerves and spinal cord, can cause weakness, pain, and numbness in your arms, hands, legs, or feet. For diagnosis and treatment of spinal stenosis, see the specialists at The Metropolitan Neurosurgery Group in Silver Spring, Maryland. The board-certified neurosurgeons offer comprehensive care for all causes of spinal stenosis. To improve the health of your spine, call today.

Spinal Stenosis Q & A

What is Spinal Stenosis?

Spinal stenosis is a condition that causes the openings around your spinal cord and spinal nerves to narrow, possibly compressing your spinal cord or nerves if left untreated. Spinal stenosis is almost always seen in adults over the age of 50, though it can occur earlier if you have a history of arthritis.

Spinal stenosis is caused by:

  • Spinal osteoarthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated discs
  • Ligament changes, like thickening or buckling
  • Spinal deformities from birth or due to trauma
  • Spinal cysts
  • Spinal tumors

The condition tends to develop slowly over several years, with symptoms that get progressively worse. In cases of trauma or the formation of cysts or tumors, symptoms can develop more rapidly.

What are the Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis?

Spinal stenosis symptoms are progressive, meaning that they’re mild early on but can become worse over time without treatment. Common symptoms of spinal stenosis are:

  • Numbness, tingling, or shooting pain in the arms, hands, legs, or feet
  • Weakness in the muscles of the arms, hands, legs, or feet
  • Poor balance and lack of coordination
  • Neck or back pain
  • Muscle cramps

In severe cases, spinal stenosis that compresses the spinal cord can lead to loss of bowel or bladder function, and a condition called cauda equina syndrome, which requires immediate surgical intervention.

How is Spinal Stenosis Diagnosed?

To diagnose spinal stenosis, The Metropolitan Neurosurgery Group begins with a thorough physical exam of your spine and a consultation to discuss your symptoms and medical history. Your provider then takes X-rays of your spine or refers you for an MRI or CT scan, as appropriate.

After evaluating your case, they determine your diagnosis and treatment options. Some cases of spinal stenosis can cause medical emergencies, so your provider works with you to ensure you get the right diagnosis as quickly as possible.

How do Neurosurgeons Treat Spinal Stenosis?

The neurosurgeons at The Metropolitan Neurosurgery Group work with the best specialists and physical therapists in the area to ensure you have the best type of care for your condition. If you need surgery to correct the cause of your spinal stenosis, your provider explains which procedure is best for you and what to expect before, during, and after your surgery.

The most common procedure to treat spinal stenosis is a laminectomy. During a laminectomy, your doctor removes the back portion of your vertebrae that’s compressing your nerves or spinal cord to relieve pressure and reduce your symptoms.

For expert care of spinal stenosis, visit The Metropolitan Neurosurgery Group; schedule an appointment today.