Spinal Stenosis

Dallas Spine Care

Robert J. Henderson, MD, FACS, FACSS

Spine Surgeon located in Dallas, TX

Your risk of developing spinal stenosis increases with age, but it can affect adults at any time in their life, causing pinched nerves and debilitating pain. At Dallas Spine Care, Robert J. Henderson, MD, has extensive experience relieving your pain by carefully diagnosing the underlying cause and providing treatment that results in long-lasting pain relief. When you experience pain in your neck or lower back, call the office in Dallas or schedule an appointment online.

Spinal Stenosis Q & A

What is spinal stenosis and what causes it?

Spinal stenosis occurs when the spinal canal narrows. The spinal canal is created by an opening in each vertebra. As spinal nerves go through the canal, they’re protected by the surrounding bones. 

When the space inside the canal gets smaller, it’s because soft tissues or bone spurs protrude into the canal. Several conditions that cause spinal stenosis include:

  • A herniated disc
  • Osteoarthritis leading to bone spurs
  • Thickened ligaments
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spondylolisthesis

The conditions that cause spinal stenosis push against the nerves, causing inflammation and pain.

What symptoms develop due to spinal stenosis?

Spinal stenosis can occur in your neck, but it usually appears in the lower back. The primary symptom you’ll experience is pain that may affect your ability to walk or move. 

Depending on which nerves are compressed, you may also experience pain, tingling, and numbness that radiate along your arms or legs. 

How is spinal stenosis treated?

Your treatment begins with conservative therapies, such as medication to relieve the inflammation and pain. When your pain continues, Dr. Henderson may recommend an epidural injection or surgery.

Epidural injection

An epidural steroid injection contains a steroid and a local anesthetic. When these medications are injected in the epidural space near the compressed nerves, the anesthetic provides quick pain relief, while steroids reduce inflammation for longer-lasting relief.

Surgery

It’s important to get both a short-term and long-term response to surgery, which requires the appropriate surgical procedure to be done very well the first time. 

Dr. Henderson’s specialty is providing that type of highly successful surgery. No matter which procedure you need, you can count on getting optimal results.

You may need surgery to repair the underlying problem or decompression surgery to relieve pressure on the nerves -- or both. 

Additionally, if the structure of your spine is altered during decompression surgery, Dr. Henderson may perform a bone fusion to stabilize the spine. 

For example, a discectomy repairs a herniated disc by removing the herniated portion or the entire disc. When the entire disc is removed, you’ll need a bone fusion.

The bottom line is that Dr. Henderson carefully evaluates all the factors contributing to your spinal stenosis and performs the procedures needed to produce long-lasting pain relief.

When you develop back pain, you’ll receive the best surgery – done well the first time – at Dallas Spine Care. To schedule an appointment, call the office or use the online booking feature.