Treatment of spinal stenosis

Treatment of spinal stenosis

Spinal stenosis is a degenerative disease that is common but not always easy to diagnose.

There are typical symptoms that indicate too tight a spinal canal, e.g. leg pain that improves spontaneously when sitting down. Other symptoms are more difficult to classify, e.g. weakness of the legs or sensibility disorders.

Back pain may not necessarily be present, although the cause is a wear of the spine, which leads to a continuous narrowing of the spinal canal over years. Depending on where this narrowing occurs, the symptoms occur at different locations, if multiple segments are affected, there may be a variety of disorders.

The course of the disease is usually slow, acute symptoms are rather rare.
Since the clinical examination of the patient yielded little indicative findings, in addition to the patient’s history, magnetic resonance tomography is often required to visualize the localization and extent of the constriction. Sometimes it is necessary to distinguish it from a circulatory disorder of the leg arteries or neurological diseases.

The therapy

In most cases, conservative therapy is successful. These include physiotherapeutic treatments, medication-based pain therapy and injection therapies on the spine, which I carry out here in the specialist center radiographically controlled with very good results. Surgical therapy with dilation of the spinal canal is indicated in cases that either do not improve under conservative therapy or cause severe neurological symptoms.

Your Dr. Stefan Linnenbecker

Orthopedist & Traumatologist at the International Specialist Center Palma Porto Pi