Spinal Stenosis – Carrollton, TX
Dr. Guess, a leading spine surgeon in Carrollton, TX, provides comprehensive treatment for various acute and chronic orthopedic conditions. He specializes in using advanced techniques to treat Spinal Stenosis and help patients find relief from pain.

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal Stenosis is an abnormal narrowing of spinal canal which puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerve. It commonly affects the neck and lower back area. Depending upon the location of the nerve being compressed, the condition can be classified as Cervical Spinal Stenosis, Lumbar Spinal Stenosis and Thoracic Spinal Stenosis.

Causes Of Spinal Stenosis

  • Hereditary factors: Children born with abnormally small spinal canals or structural deformities of vertebrae are more likely to develop Spinal Stenosis.
  • Trauma: Any injury or trauma may dislocate the spine or compress the spinal canal leading to Spinal Stenosis.
  • Physical stress: Activities such as lifting heavy weights, frequent bending, bad posture while studying etc., may put pressure on the spine.
  • Medical conditions such as Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, spine instability, Herniated Disc, Tumor, Scoliosis, Achondroplasia etc.
  • Thickened ligaments
  • Spinal injuries
  • Overgrowth of bone

Symptoms Of Spinal Stenosis

  • Pain in the back or legs
  • Paresthesia i.e. numbness and tingling sensation
  • Loss of motor control
  • Muscle weakness
  • Discomfort while standing
  • Difficulty in walking and feeling of heaviness in legs
  • Frequent falling and clumsiness
  • Discomfort in shoulder, hand and arm
  • Problem with normal bowel and bladder function
  • Neurological symptoms: Cervical myelopathy, Pinched nerve, Neurogenic Claudication, Radiculopathy, Cauda Equina Syndrome, Lower Back Pain.

Diagnosis Of Spinal Stenosis

  • A detailed medical history may help the physician to identify the possible cause of Spinal Stenosis. Physical examination may help to locate the nerve being compressed.
  • Radiological Investigations:
  • X-ray: It may help to rule out any underlying medical conditions that may be causing the pain.
  • CT Myelogram and MRI are the diagnostic tests which are critical of establishing the exact cause of the condition.

Treatment For Spinal Stenosis

Non-Surgical Treatment:

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may be prescribed to relieve the pain and inflammatory symptoms
  • Rest
  • Exercises to strengthen back muscles may be advised by the physical therapist
  • Patients may be advised to avoid the activities which can worsen the pain or discomfort.

Surgical Treatment:

Surgical treatment may be required for patients experiencing severe pain. Depending upon the cause of the condition, the surgeon may perform a spinal fusion, interlaminar implant, anterior cervical discectomy, laminotomy or laminectomy.

For diagnosis and treatment of Spinal Stenosis, visit Dr. Guess. To schedule an appointment with the spine surgeon in Carrollton, TX, call at (972) 492 – 1334.