Spinal Stenosis Specialist

Kenneth Nwosu, MD

Spine Surgeon located in Burien, WA & Puyallup, WA

Your body undergoes a lot of changes as you get older, and your spine is no exception. If age-related changes cause your spine to narrow, you may be at increased risk for chronic spinal stenosis pain. Kenneth Nwosu, MD, an experienced orthopedic surgeon, offers minimally invasive surgery that addresses the root cause of spinal stenosis pain. At his orthopedic practices in Puyallup and Burien, Washington, Dr. Nwosu can determine if you’re a good candidate for surgery using that latest in-office diagnostics. Schedule a consultation online or by phone today to learn more about treating spinal stenosis with surgery.

Spinal Stenosis Q & A

What is spinal stenosis?

Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of your spine that can put pressure on the nerves in the spinal canal. The condition is often related to age-related degeneration of the structures in your spine that reduces the space in your spinal canal.

You may also develop spinal stenosis if you were born with a small spinal canal or suffer an injury to the spine.

Other common causes of spinal stenosis include:

  • Bone spurs
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Spinal tumors

Symptoms of spinal stenosis can be similar to other spine conditions, and it’s important that you receive an accurate diagnosis and the right treatment. Both of which Kenneth Nwosu, MD, can provide.

What are the symptoms of spinal stenosis?

Spinal stenosis pain stems from the persistent pressure on your spinal cord and surrounding nerves. However, your spine can begin to narrow without causing any symptoms.

If you have nerve compression as the result of spinal stenosis, it can cause pain in many areas of the body, including:

  • Legs
  • Neck
  • Arms
  • Calves
  • Lower back

You may notice pain worsens when you’re walking up stairs or down a hill. For some, sitting or bending over can lessen the pain by taking the pressure off the nerve.

When spinal stenosis becomes severe, it can also lead to loss of normal bowel or bladder function and changes in your sexual function.

How is spinal stenosis diagnosed?

When pain begins to interfere with your daily life, Dr. Nwosu physically examines your spine for abnormalities and evaluates your range of motion. Often, based on your symptoms, he can determine if spinal stenosis is causing your pain.

To confirm changes in your spine, Dr. Nwosu orders imaging tests, like an MRI or X-rays, to get a better look at your spine and identify areas of nerve compression.

When spinal damage or degeneration is severe, Dr. Nwosu may recommend surgery.

How does surgery treat spinal stenosis?

The goal of surgery for spinal stenosis is to relieve pressure on your spinal cord and surrounding nerves. Dr. Nwosu uses a minimally invasive procedure, known as a decompression laminectomy, which allows him to remove pieces of bone to create more space in your spinal canal.

With more space, vertebrae and soft tissue won’t press on your nerves, giving you long-term relief of pain and increasing the range of motion in your spine.

To find out if you’re a candidate for minimally invasive spinal stenosis surgery, schedule a consultation by calling the office nearest you or by booking an appointment online today.