Spinal Stenosis Treatment Options for Residents of Freehold, NJ
Spinal stenosis, or narrowing, is often a result of age-related degeneration. This condition does not always produce symptoms; in fact, some people are completely unaware of it. However, because the space within the spinal canal, which houses the spinal cord and a series of sensitive nerve roots, is very limited, spinal stenosis can sometimes lead to nerve compression that causes back pain, leg weakness, and walking difficulties. The experienced spine specialists at Spine Care New Jersey in Freehold, NJ, offer a full range of conservative treatment options to alleviate symptoms like these, as well as surgical procedures designed to address their underlying cause.
The board-certified, fellowship-trained spine surgeons and other medical professionals at Spine Care New Jersey are committed to practicing conservative orthopedic medicine whenever possible. Our spine experts and pain management specialists closely work together onsite to treat spinal stenosis and other conditions with medications and exercise, utilizing our outstanding, in-house physical therapy program when appropriate. In general, we view surgery as a last resort, recommending it only after nonsurgical treatments do not produce sufficient results.
When necessary, the surgeons at Spine Care New Jersey in Freehold, can perform the following types of surgery to address spinal stenosis:
- Laminectomy – This decompression procedure is designed to reduce pressure on the spinal cord or an affected nerve root by creating more space within the spinal canal. To do so, a surgeon may remove the lamina (bony vertebral arch) or a bone spur that has formed on a spinal bone.
- Spinal fusion – If spinal degeneration has progressed to the point that it is creating instability, a fusion procedure may be performed along with decompression surgery. By helping two vertebral bones to grow solidly together, spinal fusion can help alleviate pain and prevent further nerve compression.
After spinal stenosis surgery, the spine specialists at Spine Care New Jersey can develop an individualized physical therapy program to help a patient gradually build and maintain spinal strength, endurance, and flexibility.
To learn more about treatment options for spinal stenosis, contact Spine Care New Jersey to schedule an appointment with a spine specialist at our office in Freehold, NJ.