OCEAN COUNTY – Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of your spinal canal—the area your spinal cord and nerves travels through. When this area becomes narrower, your spinal cord and nerves can get pinched and squeezed causing pain. Stenosis is easily diagnosed with our on-site X-Ray, CT Scan or MRI.
The leading cause of spinal stenosis is wear and tear on the spine due to aging. In fact, the most common direct cause of spinal stenosis is osteoarthritis, where the cartilage that cushions joints starts to degenerate due to age. Other causes of spinal stenosis are bulging discs, herniated discs, or injury to the spine.
There are many non-surgical treatment options for you as you deal with spinal stenosis. Many patients will experience relief with treatments such as acupuncture or massage, light exercise, over-the-counter NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, or physical therapy. If you have a severe case of spinal stenosis, you may benefit from steroid injection therapy. This injection puts anti-inflammatory medicine into the epidural space to decrease the inflammation of the nerve roots.
Most patients with spinal stenosis respond well to non-surgical treatments, so you may not have to have surgery. However, there are situations when you may want to go ahead with spine surgery. Surgical options may include decompression, or stabilization (spinal fusion).
No matter how long you have dealt with the symptoms of Stenosis, the doctors at GSMC can offer you multiple options for healing and relief.
Our multi-specialty medical facilities are staffed by the areas leading board certified
physicians specializing in: Neuroradiology, Pain Management, Physical Medicine &
Rehabilitation, Medication Management, and Spine Surgery. Call us today, for a comprehensive evaluation.
Garden State Medical Center is staffed with the area’s leading pain management and sports
medicine physicians. We can work with you to help take better care of your body by promoting healthy joints, staying pain free and becoming more active.
For more information, call: 732-202-3000 or visit gsmedicalcenter.org