Spinal Stenosis Treatments for Residents of Jackson, NJ
Many people from the Jackson, NJ, area turn to Spine Care New Jersey for spinal stenosis treatment. This is a relatively common condition in which the open canal of the spine becomes narrower. The narrowing can sometimes cause the spinal cord or spinal nerve roots to become compressed, which can result in significant pain as well as muscle weakness in the arms and legs. The most common causes of spinal stenosis result from age-related degeneration of the spine, such as herniated discs, bone spurs, and inflammation of the facet joints, all of which can take up valuable space within the spinal canal and potentially pressure spinal nerves.
Because spinal stenosis often affects the neck (cervical region) or lower back (lumbar region), symptoms may occur in or radiate from either of these two areas. Some patients experience numbness, tingling sensations, or muscle weakness in their extremities, while others have back pain and leg cramps. In very severe cases, the narrowing can cause nerve damage, resulting in a loss of movement or bladder control (a condition known as cauda equina syndrome that warrants immediate medical attention).
The spine specialists at Spine Care New Jersey in Jackson usually begin spinal stenosis treatment conservatively with nonsurgical options such as:
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Pain control medications
- Physical therapy
- Corticosteroid injections
While most patients find these treatment options to be very effective, it’s important to keep in mind that conservative therapies can only address the symptoms of spinal stenosis, and not their underlying cause. As such, any relief achieved may be temporary. When necessary, our board-certified, fellowship-trained spine surgeons can perform minimally invasive surgical procedures to create more space within the spinal canal, and thus reduce the narrowing and free up any pinched nerves.
For a full evaluation of your spinal condition, contact Spine Care New Jersey to schedule an appointment with a spine specialist at our office in Jackson, NJ. Whether you need conservative treatment or spinal stenosis surgery, we will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan to help you return to your active lifestyle.