Spinal Stenosis Specialist

Drew Brown IV, MD, FAAOS -  - Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon

Drew Brown IV, MD, FAAOS

Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon located in Wesley Chapel, FL & Jacksonville, FL

If you experience weakness, numbness, or chronic neck or back pain, spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal) could be to blame. In Tampa, Florida, board-certified orthopedic surgeon Drew Brown IV, MD, is an expert in treating this condition using physical therapy, injections, and minimally invasive spine surgery. To find relief, schedule an appointment with Dr. Brown over the phone or online today.

Spinal Stenosis Q & A

What is spinal stenosis?

Spinal stenosis is a condition that causes narrowing in spaces in your spine, which puts pressure on nerves and can lead to chronic discomfort. It usually occurs in your neck or lower back and is often caused by age-related spinal wear-and-tear. Seeking treatment with Dr. Brown and his team offers you pain relief.

What are the symptoms of spinal stenosis?

The following signs and symptoms might result from spinal stenosis:

  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Numbness or tingling in your limbs
  • Weakness in your hands, feet, arms, or legs
  • Walking or balance problems
  • Cramping in your legs
  • Urinary incontinence in severe cases

You might not have symptoms with spinal stenosis, but if you do, they often start gradually and may get worse over time. 

What causes spinal stenosis?

Several medical issues can cause spinal stenosis, such as:

  • Herniated discs
  • Bone overgrowth
  • Tumors
  • Dislocations
  • Fractures
  • Other spinal injuries
  • Thickened ligaments
  • Congenital spinal deformities

Risk factors for developing spinal stenosis include being over age 50, trauma, scoliosis, and having a genetic disease that affects bone and muscle development.

How is spinal stenosis diagnosed?

To find out if you have spinal stenosis, Dr. Brown and his team review your symptoms and medical history. They complete a physical exam and might use X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) scans to diagnose your condition and develop a personalized treatment plan.

What is the treatment for spinal stenosis?

Your spinal stenosis treatment is based on the severity of your condition. Dr. Brown might recommend:

Physical therapy

Dr. Brown and this team show you which flexibility and strength exercises to perform in the office and at home between physical therapy sessions to reduce spinal stenosis pain. If you require spinal surgery, physical therapy can optimize your recovery.

Injections

Injecting steroid medications into the space near nerve impingement can reduce inflammation and alleviate discomfort associated with spinal stenosis.

Alternative treatments

To relieve spinal stenosis pain without surgery, Dr. Brown might recommend massage, acupuncture, wearing a brace, or chiropractic manipulation in addition to physical therapy.

Minimally invasive spine surgery

If other spinal stenosis treatments fail, Dr. Brown can complete minimally invasive spine surgery using tiny incisions, state-of-the-art technology, and advanced surgical techniques. The procedure makes your spinal canal larger to relieve nerve pressure without extensive downtime. 

Don’t live with spinal stenosis discomfort when effective solutions are available at the office of Drew Brown, IV, MD. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online today.