What is Spinal Stenosis?
Spinal stenosis refers to narrowing of the pathways that house the spinal cord and nerve within your spine. This narrowing can put pressure on the bundle of nerves that make up your spinal cord or nerve roots that exit the spine to serve other parts of the body. It can cause tingling, pain, numbness, muscle weakness or other more severe symptoms. The arrows below show points of pressure compressing the spinal cord of this patient.
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Spinal Stenosis As We AgeSpinal stenosis is related to degeneration of the the spine. Most people that have spinal stenosis are over the age of 50, and risk factors increase as we age. However, some younger people have spinal stenosis as well.
Spinal stenosis is often caused by wear-and-tear of the bones and joints along your spine – due to osteoarthritis. This can cause bone spurs which can grow into the spinal canal. Other causes include herniated disks, thickened ligaments, tumors and spinal injuries.
Spinal Stenosis Symptoms
Without treatment of your spinal stenosis, symptoms typically get worse over time. Symptoms may include:
- Lower back pain or upper back pain
- Pain or cramping in one or both legs while standing, walking
- Weakness in your arm, leg, hand or foot
- Lower back pain while standing or walking
- Numbness or tingling in your leg or buttocks
- Numbness or tingling in your foot
- Sharp or dull neck pain
- Bladder or bowel dysfunction
Some say symptoms get worse when standing or walking and are relieved when sitting or bending forward.
Benefits of Spinal Stenosis Treatment
A discussion of your medical history and symptoms, along with a physical exam and imaging can help determine the cause of your back pain. Treatment of your spinal stenosis depends on several factors including location of nerve or spinal cord compression and the severity of symptoms.
Treatment options vary. Your doctor will help determine the best path forward to help you regain mobility, reduce back pain and alleviate other symptoms.
In addition to treatment, we recommend maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. If at all possible, avoid prolonged periods of sitting or standing in one position.
Dr. James Webb – Spine Specialist
Dr. James Webb is a Board Certified Radiologist and nationally-recognized physician specializing in osteoporosis and bone health.
In his 11+ years in practice, he has performed thousands of procedures to fix back pain issues and help alleviate the symptoms of spinal stenosis.
Recently, Dr. Webb was a principal investigator in the EVOLVE kyphoplasty study – the largest clinical trial of its kind to date – that tracked the results of 350 kyphoplasty patients across the nation.
Spinal Stenosis Treatment in Northeast Oklahoma
Dr. James Webb & Associates serves patients from all over Northeast Oklahoma and beyond. Communities include: Bartlesville, Bixby, Broken Arrow, Coweta, Claremore, Collinsville, Glenpool, Grand Lake, Inola, Jenks, Owasso, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Skiatook and everywhere in between.
Did you know?
Osteoarthritis is caused by the breakdown of the cartilage that cushions your bones. Risk factors include age, obesity, joint injury, repetitive motion and overuse, along with certain metabolic disorders. Genes can also play a role, with some inherited traits causing osteoarthritis symptoms as early as age 20.
Patient Reviews & Testimonials
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"I went to Dr Webb after 9 years of pain & being told I had bulging discs by a couple & Drs I was told I had bad arthritis by later spine institute in OKC & for $10,000 they could fix my problem I heard Dr Webb's commercial & my girlfriend made me an appointment & he tells me I had fractures in my spine that he could fix & probably get rid of 90% of my pain with a procedure called kypoplasti & my back feels at least 80-90% better so I recommend if you've been told there's nothing they can do go see Dr Webb he knows what he's doing."
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