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Understanding Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis is a major cause of chronic neck and back pain. It happens when the spaces in your spine become narrow, which places pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots. Pain, numbness, and weakness in the arms, hands, feet, and legs are common symptoms of spinal stenosis.

Here at Premier Neurology Group, patients with spinal stenosis receive the highest quality of care. Our board-certified neurologist and headache specialist, Ravinder Singh, MD has extensive experience treating conditions that affect the nervous system. 

Dr. Singh and our expert clinical team take a holistic, integrative approach to treating patients. If you’ve been diagnosed with spinal stenosis, it’s helpful to learn about your condition and treatment options.

What is spinal stenosis?

Changes that occur to the spinal canal as you age can result in spinal stenosis. The spinal canal is hollow and houses the spinal cord. It starts at the base of the skull and ends at the sacrum. 

Narrowing of the spinal canal typically occurs gradually. Some individuals have a small amount of narrowing, and this rarely causes pain. More significant narrowing causes compression of the nerves, leading to pain, numbness, and tingling. 

Spinal stenosis is a progressive condition that tends to worsen without intervention. 

What causes spinal stenosis?

Degenerative changes to the spine account for more than 90% of cases of spinal stenosis. Also known as spondylosis, these degenerative changes can lead to bone spurs (bumps of extra bone) that cause the spinal canal to narrow. 

Spinal stenosis is most common in people over the age of 50, and the lower (lumbar spine) back is most often affected. It can also occur in the neck (cervical spine). 

Cervical spinal stenosis causes:

Why choose Premier Neurology Group for spinal stenosis treatment

Dr. Singh has extensive experience treating various forms of stenosis, including cervical, lumbar, and thoracic. At Premier Neurology, your health and wellness is our top priority. Our team also treats complications of spinal stenosis, such as radiculopathy resulting from severe nerve compression. 

Using a multidisciplinary approach, Dr. Singh works with his colleagues to provide the best possible care. Our fine-tuned approach is designed to relieve pain, preserve movement in the affected area, and improve your quality of life. 

Treating spinal stenosis

Dr. Singh takes a conservative approach as the first step to treating stenosis. Your treatment may include physical therapy and medications such as pain relievers. Cortisone injections into the spinal column are effective at providing relief as well. 

For severe cases of spinal stenosis Dr. Singh may recommend surgery. Several types of surgery effectively decompress the spine to address your symptoms and provide relief. 

Spinal stenosis is a significant cause of disability and lowered quality of life. We’re committed to treating the root of your chronic pain so that you can experience relief. 

For treatment of spinal stenosis, as well as other neck and back pain problems, call our office in Beverly Hills, California, to schedule your appointment or use our convenient online booking form.

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