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Spinal stenosis is a condition where the space within the spine narrows, eventually putting pressure on the spinal cord. This spinal condition is most often seen in the cervical (neck) and lumbar (lower) areas of the spine. You may or may not experience symptoms with spinal stenosis. If you do, they can include pain, tingling, numbness and muscle weakness. Dr. Sina Rajamand offers experienced spinal stenosis surgery when necessary. Contact our office at Battle Born Brain and Spine in Reno, NV.

The primary cause of spinal stenosis is osteoarthritis. This wear-and-tear, degenerative condition causes worsening symptoms over time, and it usually requires neurosurgery to create additional space for the spinal cord and nerve branches. With cervical stenosis or lumbar stenosis, Dr. Rajamand can perform a minimally-invasive procedure to remove part of the vertebrae and create the needed space.

Carson City Neurosurgery for Narrowing of the Spine

Spinal stenosis, or a narrowing of the spine, can have several causes, in addition to osteoarthritis mentioned above. Osteoarthritis causes an overgrowth of bone as the body attempts to repair the damage, usually resulting in bone spurs that press on the spine. Herniated discs can also reduce the available space for the spine, when the soft interior material bulges out into the spinal space.

Other causes can include tumors, thickened ligaments and trauma from accidents or injury. X-rays, MRI imaging and a CT with contrast are usually needed to determine the exact location of your spinal stenosis so the proper repairs can be made. Some mild cases may not present with symptoms and can only be discovered with advanced imaging technology.

Mild cases may be treated with physical therapy, spinal injections and pain relievers with NSAIDs to reduce inflammation. More advanced cases of a narrowed spine require neurosurgery to create additional space in the affected vertebrae. Dr. Rajamand can perform a spinal decompression to remove a portion of a thickened ligament or damaged vertebrae. This provides more room for the spinal cord and relieves any pressure that causes pain and other problems.

Dr. Rajamand uses minimally-invasive neurosurgical techniques to complete these procedures, minimizing risks to his patients while speeding their recovery. Contact Battle Born Brain and Spine in Reno to schedule an exam and consultation if you develop symptoms of spinal stenosis.