If you suffer from spinal stenosis, there is no better NYC spine surgery specialist to visit than Dr. Andrew Casden. Spinal stenosis is a condition in which the spinal canal is slowly narrowing. The spinal canal is the area down the length of your back where your spine is located and where your nerves travel from your neck to your lower back. This narrowing of the spinal canal compresses your spinal cord and nerve, which can be very painful and also cause some weakness in your back that can inhibit your everyday activities. Spinal stenosis can develop over time, or it can be present from birth that is congenital. There are several symptoms that may indicate that you have developed spinal stenosis, and that you should schedule a visit with our NYC spine surgery specialist.
If your spinal stenosis occurs in the neck, you may notice feelings of weakness in your arms and legs, difficulty walking, difficulty with balance, or feelings of pain in your neck and arms. If your spinal stenosis occurs in your lower back, you may experience back pain, but you are more likely to experience pain in the legs when walking and a weakness in the legs. If you are experiencing these symptoms, we recommend that you schedule an appointment with Dr. Casden at your soonest convenience. During this visit, our NYC spine surgery specialist will perform a MRI in order to confirm your diagnosis.
Depending on the severity of your spinal stenosis, our NYC spine surgery specialist will recommend different treatments. If your spinal stenosis is not affecting your life in any major way, you may not need any serious treatment. If the condition is causing your significant pain and weakness, Dr. Casden may recommend epidural steroids, or even surgical treatments. Surgery in the cervical spine is often useful in decreasing the compression present in the area and therefore relieving much of the pain that you are feeling. To learn more about spinal stenosis and treatment, including in-depth explanatory video clips, we invite you to browse our NYC spine surgery specialist’s website and to contact us with any questions that you have.