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Conditions We Treat: Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis describes a narrowing of the spinal canal that houses the spinal cord and nerve roots. As a result, the spinal cord and the nerves exiting the spine may become compressed, causing pain and discomfort.

Spinal Stenosis Treatment: Why Choose Johns Hopkins

  • Our spine specialists treat a variety of spinal stenosis conditions, including cervical, lumbar and thoracic spinal stenosis and multilevel spinal stenosis.
  • The team also treats conditions resulting from spinal stenosis, such as radiculopathy and myelopathy, and conditions contributing to spinal stenosis, such as spondylolisthesis.
  • Our spine surgeons are skilled in motion-sparing procedures that help preserve the movement in the portion of the spine affected by spinal stenosis.
  • Our spine specialists are particularly experienced in complex cases and revision spine surgery. They provide second opinions and frequently see patients who have been living with pain for years.
  • Our department’s research in patient outcomes after spine surgery has helped finetune our treatment approach to help you spend less time in the hospital and more time doing what you love.

Spinal Stenosis Treatment

Nonsurgical Options

Nonsurgical treatment for spinal stenosis may include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medications, including steroid injections
  • Activity modification

These treatments help reduce inflammation in the area where the spinal cord or nerve roots are constricted, providing pain relief.

Surgical Options

If nonsurgical treatments don’t provide sufficient relief, surgery may be necessary to remove tissues that are pressing on the spinal cord or nerve roots. These tissues may include all or parts of intervertebral discs, vertebrae, facet joints or hardened ligaments.

If tissue removal makes the spine unstable, it may need to be stabilized through spinal fusion or other stabilization devices. Sometimes this can be avoided with motion-sparing techniques such as laminoplasty (insertion of spacers), disc replacement or other procedures that can decompress the spine without making it unstable.

Request an appointment with one of our spine specialists to get a recommendation for treatment of your spinal stenosis.

Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Spine Surgery | Overview with Dr. Sang Lee

Spine specialist Sang Hun Lee, M.D., Ph.D, explains how endoscopic surgery can be used to treat a variety of spine conditions, including disc herniations, spinal stenosis and spinal cord compression.


Our Team of Spine Specialists

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