You don’t need to just accept the pain and reduced quality of life that can come with spinal stenosis. Coast Spine and Sports Medicine offers a variety of treatment options to help you live without crippling pain and weakness. We welcome patients in Orange County, Los Angeles County and Inland Empire.
What Is Spinal Stenosis?
Spinal stenosis refers to a narrowing of the spinal canal. This condition puts excess pressure on nerves traveling through the spine, which can cause significant pain in addition to weakness or numbness of the chest, abdomen, shoulders, neck, or limbs. While spinal stenosis usually occurs in the cervical spine (neck) or lumbar spine (lower back), it can also occur in the thoracic spine (mid-back).
How Much Does Spinal Stenosis Treatment Cost in Orange County?
The cost of spinal stenosis treatment in Orange County varies based on the severity of your condition and the underlying cause. During your first appointment at Coast Spine and Sports Medicine, we will create a tailored treatment plan and explain the cost of your treatment. We accept many forms of health insurance in addition to financing through CareCredit® to make your treatment as affordable as possible.
What Causes Spinal Stenosis?
Spinal stenosis can be the result of many conditions. In some cases it’s congenital, as some people are simply born with narrow spinal canals. Potential causes of spinal stenosis include thickened ligaments that bulge into the spinal canal and spinal injuries such as trauma from a car accident. Sometimes a herniated disc can cause spinal stenosis, but this condition is usually the result of osteoarthritis or spinal arthritis.
Osteoarthritis, sometimes called “wear and tear” arthritis, usually develops over time and causes a breakdown of cartilage at the facet joints in the spine. The condition also causes the development of bone spurs on the vertebrae. These bone spurs can narrow the spinal canal.
How Is Spinal Stenosis Treated in Orange County?
Coast Spine and Sports Medicine begins with the least invasive and most effective treatments possible to help you experience lasting pain relief. Non-surgical treatments for spinal stenosis can include physical therapy to strengthen support muscles, medication, and epidural steroid injections to numb the area and reduce inflammation. Botox® injections to the site of compressed nerves may also offer significant pain relief.
For severe spinal stenosis or spinal canal narrowing that can’t be well managed by non-surgical solutions, surgery may be recommended. The most common surgery to treat spinal stenosis is a procedure called laminectomy, which involves removing bone spurs and bony lamina to widen the spinal canal and give nerves more space.
There are other surgical procedures that may be recommended. A foraminotomy can expand the foramen, the opening of the vertebrae where nerve roots exit. Spinal fusion is recommended in severe cases with spinal instability. This procedure fuses two or more vertebrae into a single bone.
If you are dealing with the symptoms of spinal stenosis, call us today to schedule an appointment at Coast Spine and Sports Medicine. We offer comprehensive treatment options to deliver long-term spinal stenosis pain relief. We welcome men and women in Los Angeles County and Orange County, including the areas of Santa Ana, Downey, and Rancho Cucamonga, CA.