(WWBT) - Spinal stenosis is arthritic narrowing of the lower spine, usually affecting people as they age.
It causes pain like a pinched nerve or sciatica. Sometimes that pain is constant, sometimes only when the person walks or stands.
Dr. Charles Miller, a neurosurgeon and the medical director of Neurotrauma at Chippenham Hospital says that there is a minimally invasive spine surgery for spinal stenosis.
He's been performing surgeries for nearly 20 years.
Miller says that:
- Spinal stenosis is common and needs an MRI for diagnosis
- Minimally invasive techniques allow outpatient surgery for patients that might not otherwise tolerate a big operation.
- Conservative measures like therapy, injections, or chiropractic are useful but cannot cure stenosis, since it is a physical narrowing of the spinal canal. It is often worth trying these measures, but the only "fix" is an operation if all else fails.
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