Spinal Stenosis Specialist

Pennsylvania Orthopedic Associates

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Huntingdon Valley, PA

Spinal stenosis can cause pain and even make walking difficult. If you’re struggling with pain in your lower back and legs, seek the expert help of Pennsylvania Orthopedic Associates. Serving men and women in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, the practice uses a variety of treatments to relieve your back pain. Call the office or book online to schedule an appointment today.

Spinal Stenosis Q&A

What is spinal stenosis?

Spinal stenosis occurs when the spaces in your spine start to narrow. This narrowing puts pressure on nerves, which can cause pain and a variety of other symptoms.

There are two types of spinal stenosis: cervical and lumbar. Cervical spinal stenosis occurs in the back and up in your neck. Lumbar spinal stenosis impacts the lower back.

What are the symptoms of spinal stenosis?

Not everyone experiences early symptoms of spinal stenosis. However, if left undiagnosed and untreated, your symptoms typically worsen and may include:

  • Pain in your lower back or neck
  • Tingling in your back and legs
  • Weakness in your leg
  • Difficulty walking
  • Frequent falls

Since spinal stenosis usually impacts the nerves in your lower back, you may also experience symptoms in one or both of your legs.

How is spinal stenosis diagnosed?

When diagnosing spinal stenosis, the specialists at Pennsylvania Orthopedic Associates can perform a physical examination of your back. The team also asks questions about your symptoms and how long you’ve been experiencing them.

Pennsylvania Orthopedic Associates also uses imaging tests such as X-rays and MRIs to diagnose spinal stenosis. These tests allow the specialists to see your spine and pinpoint where your spine is starting to narrow.

How is spinal stenosis treated?

Depending on the severity of your symptoms and your spinal stenosis, the specialists at Pennsylvania Orthopedic Associates may recommend simple treatments you can do at home.

Improving your posture and losing weight (if you’re overweight) can relieve symptoms of spinal stenosis.

Other treatment options include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Steroid injections into your back
  • Physical therapy
  • Decompression therapy

Surgery is also an option in severe cases. Surgery allows Pennsylvania Orthopedic Associates to widen the area that is narrowing, which relieves the pressure on the nerves in your back.

Am I at risk of developing spinal stenosis?

Although men and women of all ages can develop spinal stenosis, adults over the age of 50 are at increased risk of developing spinal stenosis. If you’re overweight or obese, you are also at increased risk of developing spinal stenosis.

If you’re experiencing back pain or other symptoms of spinal stenosis, call Pennsylvania Orthopedic Associates or book an appointment online today.