Have you heard the word stenosis? The basic definition is a narrowing, but when it’s spinal stenosis, it’s a narrowing of the spaces within your spine that can put pressure on the nerves that travel through the spine. It commonly occurs in the neck and lower back and is often caused by age related wear and tear. It can occur when there are disc protrusions or herniations (the gelatin-like center breaks through the outer side of the disc), thickening of the ligaments within the spinal canal, movement of the backbone, or bone spurs growing into the spinal canal. Symptoms can include; persistent pain in the buttocks, limping, lack of feeling in the arms, legs, hands or feet, pain or stiffness in the legs, and in extreme cases, loss of bladder or bowel control. The Physicians at Spine Specialists of Michigan are experts in the treatment of spinal stenosis and employ the most conservative treatment methods depending on the severity of the stenosis. If medication, physical therapy, changes in activity and epidural injections to relieve swelling and pain don’t provide relief, minimally invasive robotic surgery can be utilized to enlarge the spinal canal and relieve the pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. Call us today to relieve your pain!