Spinal Stenosis

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UW Health spine surgeons in Madison, Wisconsin, treat patients with spinal stenosis, a narrowing of one or more of three areas of the spine that can result in pain and numbness in the legs.


About Spinal Stenosis


Spinal stenosis can be considered arthritis of the spine. It usually occurs in people 50 years old or older as a result of aging but may affect younger patients born with a narrow spinal column or as the result of injury or disease. The main symptom is pain, numbness and weakness in the arms and legs.


Healthy spinal columns have enough room for the nerves and soft tissue to flourish. With the narrowing of the spinal column that occurs with spinal stenosis, those nerves and soft tissues don't have adequate room, resulting in pressure and pain.


Treating Spinal Stenosis


Non-surgical options for spinal stenosis include medication to reduce inflammation and pain, corticosteroids, nerve block injections, and exercise and physical therapy.


Surgery is also an option for patients whose symptoms are not relieved by nonsurgical treatment. The purpose of surgery is to relieve pressure on the spine by creating more space for the nerves. UW Health spine surgeons use minimally-invasive surgical techniques whenever possible, which often lead to faster recovery for patients.


Dr. Seth Williams on Surgery for Spinal Stenosis