Spinal Stenosis Treatment in Newport Beach
Spinal stenosis occurs when the spaces between the discs of the spine narrow, which causes pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. Majority of the spinal stenosis occur in the low back or the lumbar spine, causing pain in the back of the leg and down the calf and foot.
There are several cause of spinal stenosis, including:
- Tumors of the spine
- Trauma or injury
- Instability of spondylolisthesis
Spinal stenosis may result in low back pain, radiating to the back of the legs and calves. It may pinch the nerves that control muscle and sensation in the legs. Additional symptoms include:
- Hotness or coldness in the legs
- Frequent falling or stumbling
- Numbness or tingling sensation
- Pain and difficulty walking
Although spinal stenosis can be hard to diagnose based on symptoms, your Newport Beach orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Todd Peters will perform a complete and thorough physical examination as well as a medical history check. He may also request X-Rays, MRIs, and CT scans to better assess your case.
X-Rays – A type of quick imaging process using electromagnectic waves to better show Dr. Peters bones of the body to pinpoint possible sources of pain.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – This type of imaging uses radiology to show Dr. Peters the soft tissues of the body like muscles, disks, nerves, and the spinal cord.
Computerized tomography (CT) – CT scans are X-ray scans taken from various angles to create a cross-section of bones and soft tissues of the body.
- Steriod/Epidural injections
- Pain medication
In extreme cases where non-surgical treatments, Dr. Peters may recommend surgery to treat spinal stenosis.
Dr. Todd Peters specializes in minimally invasive orthopaedic surgery to treat Spinal Stenosis. For appointments, please call (949) 383-4182 or Contact Us.