Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spine, which results in pressure on the spinal cord and/or nerve roots. Spinal stenosis often occurs in the spine in the neck (cervical spine) or the lower back (lumbar spine).
When stenosis occurs in the lumbar spine (lumbar spinal stenosis), the pressure on the nerve roots can cause tingling, numbness, weakness or pain in the legs. When stenosis occurs in the cervical spine, patients often experience tingling, numbness, or pain in the shoulders and arms.
Spinal stenosis is typically diagnosed through a combination of methods, including:
Spinal stenosis treatment often varies, depending on the severity of the condition and the patient’s limitations. Common spinal stenosis treatments include:
Ideally, spinal stenosis treatment should be determined by specialists who are dedicated to helping patients with spinal conditions and are able to offer a wide range of therapies so that a plan can be tailored to the individual patient.
The Brigham and Women’s Comprehensive Spine Center offers multidisciplinary treatment for patients experiencing spinal conditions due to back pain, disease, or injury. Patients are referred to the appropriate clinical service for initial evaluation using advanced diagnostic procedures and imaging. Neurosurgeons and orthopaedic surgeons in the Center work with specialists in pain management and physical medicine to development personalized treatment plans. The collaborative focus of the Center allows patients to seamlessly transition between clinical services as dictated by their diagnosis and progress.
BWH has long been committed to not only the care of our patients seeking spinal stenosis treatment but also the many other needs that they and their families have. This philosophy of patient- and family-centered care involves systems and services that emphasize healing in a comfortable, relaxed environment.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital is committed to providing all of our patients with the safest, highest-quality, most-satisfying care possible and follow established protocols that have been shown to improve patient outcomes. Our inpatient satisfaction survey, sent to patients’ to assess their total care experience, helps us to monitor what we are doing well and areas for improvement. We pride ourselves in the quality of patient care we provide and how we are measured compared with other hospitals.
If you believe you should have an evaluation and would like to schedule an appointment with one of our experts, call 1-800-294-9999 to speak to one of our knowledgeable coordinators who can help to connect you to the doctor that best meets your needs, or fill out an online appointment request.