Spinal Stenosis Specialist

Wisconsin Spine and Pain

Pain Management serving Waukesha, Green Bay, Sheboygan, West Bend, and Greenfield, WI

Spinal stenosis is a condition that affects the space in your spinal canal. The narrowing of the spinal canal may compress the spinal cord or nerves, causing radiating pain that worsens over time. The board-certified physicians at Wisconsin Spine and Pain provide comprehensive care for spinal stenosis. The team uses state-of-the-art tools and techniques to alleviate symptoms and improve your quality of life. To schedule a consultation, call the office in Waukesha, West Bend, Sheboygan, Green Bay, or Greenfield, Wisconsin, or book an appointment online today.

Spinal Stenosis Q&A

What is spinal stenosis?

Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the space in your spinal column, which may irritate or compress the spinal cord or spinal nerves. 

The spine condition most often occurs from the degenerative changes that affect the structure of your spine as you get older. The narrowing may occur in any part of your spine but most often affects the cervical (neck) or lumbar (lower back) spine. 

What are the symptoms of spinal stenosis?

The symptoms of spinal stenosis may depend on the severity of the narrowing, the location of your stenosis, and whether your condition affects the nerves or not. 

With spinal stenosis, your symptoms may include:

  • Leg or arm weakness
  • Neck pain
  • Lower back pain when standing or walking
  • Numbness in your legs or buttocks
  • Balance problems

Not everyone with spinal stenosis has symptoms. However, when they occur, they tend to worsen over time and may lead to disability. 

How is spinal stenosis diagnosed?

The Wisconsin Spine and Pain team conducts a comprehensive history and physical to diagnose spinal stenosis. During your exam, your provider reviews your symptoms, medical history, performs a physical exam, and observes your movements.

To confirm a diagnosis, the team orders diagnostic tests such as X-rays, an MRI, CT scan, or electromyogram. They may also run a bone scan to look for spine damage or bone growths that may contribute to your symptoms and condition. 

How is spinal stenosis treated?

The experts at Wisconsin Spine and Pain create individual treatment plans for spinal stenosis based on the location of the narrowing, the severity of your symptoms, and your overall health. 

When possible, the team takes a non-surgical approach to alleviate symptoms and slow down the progression of your condition. Your plan may include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Bracing
  • Activity modification
  • Nerve pain medication
  • Pain medication
  • Steroid injections

If non-surgical treatments fail to alleviate your spinal stenosis symptoms or your condition worsens, the team at Wisconsin Spine and Pain may talk to you about surgical intervention.

With spinal stenosis surgery, your surgeon performs procedures that relieve pressure on the affected nerve to improve symptoms.

For expert management for your spinal stenosis, call Wisconsin Spine and Pain or schedule a consultation online today.