Spinal Stenosis Can Be Treated by the Experts at Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic’s Reno, NV, Office
Spinal stenosis is one of the many spine conditions that we treat at Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic’s Reno, Nevada, office. This condition is characterized by a narrowing of the spinal canal, often caused by natural degeneration. This narrowing exerts pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots, causing symptoms including pain, numbness, tingling, a burning sensation, and muscle weakness. Spinal stenosis patients may have difficulty bending and may be particularly uncomfortable after sitting or standing for an extended period of time. In extreme cases, patients may experience loss of control over their bladder or bowels (referred to as cauda equina syndrome).
Many of the spinal stenosis patients at our Reno, NV, office are able to find relief from their symptoms through conservative treatment methods, including pain medication, epidural cortisone injections, physical therapy, low-impact exercises, and lifestyle changes such as losing weight. In some cases, however, a patient may require surgery to relieve pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. Some of the decompression surgeries commonly used to treat spinal stenosis include the following:
- Laminectomy — During a laminectomy, we entirely remove the lamina (the bony arch at the back of a vertebra), thereby widening the spinal canal and relieving pressure.
- Laminotomy — During a laminotomy, we create a hole in the lamina to relieve pressure in that area.
- Corpectomy — During a corpectomy, we remove either part or all of the vertebral body (the large cylindrical piece of bone on a vertebra that has discs on either side) and spinal discs at issue in order to decompress the spinal canal.
If a patient is experiencing spinal instability in addition to spinal stenosis (or will be experiencing it due to one of the above decompression procedures), we can also perform a spinal fusion as part of any surgery to stabilize the vertebrae and strengthen the spine.
If you live in the Reno, NV, area and are experiencing the symptoms of spinal stenosis, please call Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic today to schedule an appointment. Because symptoms tend to gradually worsen over time, we encourage you to seek treatment as soon as possible.