Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis is a condition where there’s an abnormal narrowing in the spinal canal. This narrowing limits the amount of space available for the spinal cord and nerves. As spinal stenosis becomes more severe there is compression or squeezing of the spinal cord and its nerves. Spinal stenosis can occur anywhere in the spinal canal, but it is most common in the cervical and lumbar spine.

Symptoms

The first symptoms of stenosis are bouts of low back or neck pain. After a few months or years, this may progress to pain that is described as claudicate pain or claudication. This is a sensation of not getting enough blood to the arms or legs. It occurs more frequently in the legs.

Image of Spinal Stenosis

Illustration of the anatomy of the lumbar region of the spine.

Image of Lumbar region of the spine

Illustration of a healthy vertebral disc.

Image of a Healthy Vertebral Disc

Illustration of the difference in the spinal canal and facet joints of a normal vertebral disc (left) and a vertebral disc with spinal stenosis (right).

Procedures

Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion

Lumbar Spinal Fusion

Service Providers

Henry Small, M.D.

Dr. Small is a board certified orthopedic surgeon. He has 23 years of experience.

Vivek P. Kushwaha, M.D.

Dr. Kushwaha has been honored with the Memorial Hermann Hospital Award for “Most Efficient Surgeon” and was commended as one of “America’s Top Physicians” by The Consumer Research Council of America.