Neurosurgeons treat many different diseases and conditions affecting the brain, the spine and spinal cord, and the peripheral nerves. Spinal disorders may occur as a result of degenerative (aging) changes, trauma, tumors, infections or congenital defects.
One of the most common causes of back pain is spinal stenosis – the narrowing of spaces in the spine that results in pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots. It can be a painful and debilitating condition.
The spinal cord runs all the way from the neck to the lower back and is about the diameter of a human finger. It is protected by a tunnel in the vertebrae and is quite fragile.
With spinal stenosis, there is a narrowing of one or more spaces in the spine – the center of the spine, the canals where nerves branch out from the spine, or the openings between the vertebrae. This narrowing puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerves and can cause pain.
Spinal stenosis is commonly caused by age-related changes in the spine, such as arthritis, bone spurs, or thickening bands of tissue. Signs you may be suffering from spinal stenosis include: pain in the neck or back; numbness in your back, legs, neck, shoulders, or arms; weakness in the arms or legs; or pain radiating down the leg.
There are many treatment options for spinal stenosis, including medication therapy, physical therapy or minimally invasive surgery.
Patients are seen in the Outpatient Clinic at Fremont Health Medical Center. To see a Neurosurgeon here in Fremont, call (402) 727-3882.
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