New York Spine Institute Spine Services

Spinal Stenosis

Why Choose New York Spine Institute

Quality Care

Specialized care is given to you as directed by our doctors who treat back and neck problems. It may incorporate moderate physical therapy, pain control, or surgery if needed.

Industry Leaders

At NYSI, the spine doctors have decades of experience treating complex spine disorders and are industry leaders. Our institution is lead by our medical director, Alexandre B. de Moura, M.D. FAAOS.

Multiple Languages

We understand that people from all different backgrounds will need treatment for their spinal issues. Our staff speaks a multitude of languages including Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German, and Russian.

Understanding the Causes Of Your Spinal Stenosis

For some, spinal stenosis does not show any symptoms. But, for others, you may experience pain, tingling, numbness or muscle weakness. Often, symptoms can worsen over time. Other symptoms that you may have include:*

  • Back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Numbing or tingling in the buttocks or legs
  • “Foot drop” (when your foot feels like it slaps the ground when walking).

This type of spinal stenosis you may have is determined by where it occurs on the spine. It’s also possible to have more than one type of this condition, but the main types are:

  • Lumbar stenosis: The most common form of spinal stenosis, where the narrowing occurs in the part of the spine in your lower back.
  • Cervical stenosis: In which the part of the spine in your neck narrows.

Diagnosing Your Spinal Stenosis

To make an accurate diagnosis, you will first be asked about your ongoing symptoms. Your doctor may discuss with you when you first felt pain, where it’s located, and what type of numbness or weakness you may be experiencing. From there, a physical examination will occur to further access the source of your pain, and your physician will specifically look for any restricted movement in the spine or neck.*

If you are suspected for having Spinal Stenosis, you can be referred for a series of imaging tests to confirm a diagnosis. This can be a simple X-ray, but also other screening services such as MRIs and CT Scans may also be used.*

Treatment Options For Spinal Stenosis

There are a number of different ways to treat your spinal stenosis. For a more conservative approach, physical therapy exercises like back stretching can help you build your strength back to normal so you experience less pain throughout the day. You may also be able to treat it with with pain relievers (over-the-counter or prescribed), given steroid injections, or a decompression procedure to remove a portion of a thickened ligament from your back.*

If more severe, however, you may require surgery to treat your spinal stenosis. One of the possible surgeries you may get is laminectomy. A Laminectomy is when one or more vertebrae is removed to relieve pressure from the spine. You may also need a spinal fusion, where the surgeon may “weld” together two weak vertebrae so they may work as one strong bone. Your treatment options will be determined by your spine specialist after a full physical exam and diagnosis has occurred.*

*The effectiveness of diagnosis and treatment will vary by patient and condition. New York Spine Institute does not guarantee certain results.

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