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Spinal stenosis is a medical condition that involves the narrowing of the spinal canal, which puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots. This condition can cause debilitating pain that limits movement and activity. While spinal stenosis may occur anywhere along the spine, it is most common in the lower back and neck. Alliance Orthopedics offers comprehensive care for patients suffering from spinal stenosis and its associated symptoms.

Causes of Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis may be caused by various factors, many of which are related to aging and the wear and tear effects on the spine from everyday use. However, other circumstances and conditions may also contribute to the development of this condition. Understanding these causes is a crucial step in effectively managing and treating spinal stenosis. Here are some of the most common causes of spinal stenosis:

Herniated Discs

The intervertebral discs that separate and cushion vertebrae in the spine can rupture or bulge, causing them to press on nearby nerve roots. This condition is known as a herniated disc, and it is one of the most common causes of spinal stenosis. When the discs become damaged, they can narrow the space between vertebrae, leading to nerve roots or spinal cord compression.

Thickened Ligaments

As we age, our ligaments can become thicker and begin to encroach on the spinal canal. This may lead to spinal canal narrowing, resulting in nerve root and spinal cord compression. These symptoms may be made worse by a medical condition like osteoarthritis, which causes inflammation of joints throughout the body.

Bone Spurs

Bone spurs, also known as osteophytes, arise as a response to damage and pressure on the spinal column due to aging and arthritis. These bony projections develop along the edges of bones and can form on the spine, impinging on the space within the spinal canal. When these bone spurs encroach on the spinal canal, they can compress the nerves and the spinal cord, potentially leading to the painful symptoms of spinal stenosis. This process can occur gradually, with symptoms worsening over time.

Spinal Injuries

Spinal injuries, such as those from physical trauma or accidents, can result in immediate spinal stenosis or contribute to its development over time. Fractures or dislocations of the vertebrae can cause pieces of bone to penetrate the spinal canal, causing direct damage and immediate compression of neural elements.

Moreover, complications from severe spinal injuries can include the formation of scar tissue that puts pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots. Even after the initial injury has healed, this scar tissue may continue to cause persistent problems and contribute to the development of spinal stenosis.

Spinal Stenosis Symptoms

Spinal stenosis can present with a range of symptoms, often dependent on the affected part of the spine. These symptoms may vary widely in severity, from mild discomfort to debilitating pain and physical impairment, which may progressively worsen over time. It is important to note some individuals with spinal stenosis may not exhibit any symptoms. However, for those who do, the following are the most commonly reported symptoms:

  • Pain, weakness, or numbness in the hands, arms, legs, or feet
  • Back pain
  • Problems with balance and coordination
  • Cramping or pain in the legs when standing or walking for extended periods
  • Bowel or bladder disturbances
  • Neck pain
  • Sciatica

Treatment Options

Treatment for spinal stenosis will depend on the severity and location of the condition, as well as any associated medical conditions. The goal of treatment is to reduce pain and help improve mobility. Non-surgical treatments are typically the first option and may include physical therapy, epidural steroid injections, and medications. In severe cases where these treatments are ineffective, surgery may be recommended to relieve pressure on the spinal cord and nerves.

At Alliance Orthopedics, our experienced providers provide comprehensive care for patients suffering from spinal stenosis. Our team of experts will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your individual needs and lifestyle. If you are experiencing symptoms of spinal stenosis, contact us today to schedule an appointment. 

Sciatica is a common condition characterized by pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg. Typically, sciatica affects only one side of your body. It’s usually caused when a herniated disk, bone spur on the spine, or spinal stenosis compresses part of the nerve.

Alliance Orthopedics is committed to providing comprehensive care for a wide range of orthopedic conditions, including sciatica. Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to helping you understand the root cause of your condition and develop a personalized treatment plan to reduce pain and improve your quality of life.

Causes of Sciatica

Sciatica is typically caused by issues affecting the spine that result in compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve. These issues may vary greatly in severity and duration, from temporary and mild, to chronic and severe. Here are some of the most common causes of sciatica:

  • Pregnancy
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Bone spurs on the spine
  • Herniated disk

Symptoms of Sciatica

The primary symptom of sciatica is pain that radiates from your lower (lumbar) spine to your buttock and down the back of your leg. However, symptoms of sciatica may also mimic other conditions making diagnosis difficult. Therefore, it is crucial to discuss any symptoms of sciatica with a qualified healthcare professional. Some common symptoms of sciatica include:

  • Lower back pain
  • Pain in your buttocks or leg that is worse when sitting
  • Burning or tingling down the leg
  • Weakness, numbness, or difficulty moving your leg or foot
  • Constant pain on one side of the rear
  • Shooting pain that makes it difficult to stand up


At Alliance Orthopedics, we believe in a patient-centered approach to treating sciatica. We aim to alleviate your pain, restore mobility, and help you return to regular activities as quickly and safely as possible. We offer the latest in advanced pain relief technologies and treatments. Our team is here to guide you every step of the way, from diagnosis through recovery. To help treat sciatica, Alliance Orthopedics offers several modalities, including:

Spinal Decompression

Spinal decompression is a type of motorized traction that can help relieve sciatic nerve pain. It works by gently stretching the spine, which changes the force and position of the spine. This change takes the pressure off the spinal disks, which are gel-like cushions between the bones in your spine, by creating negative pressure in the disc. As a result, bulging or herniated disks may retract, taking pressure off nerves and other structures in your spine. This helps promote the movement of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids into the disks so they can heal.

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care is a non-invasive treatment option that can be effective for many patients with sciatica. Chiropractors are trained to realign the spine, which can relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve and alleviate pain. Treatment may involve spinal adjustments to correct misalignments, as well as soft tissue manipulation and stretching exercises to relieve muscle tension. Regular chiropractic care can help to maintain spinal health and prevent future episodes of sciatica.

Dry Needling

Dry needling, similar to acupuncture, is a treatment technique that involves inserting very thin needles at specific trigger points on your body. It can be beneficial in treating sciatica by breaking up trigger points stimulating sensory nerves in the muscles and surrounding tissues. This leads to the release of endorphins, which are our body’s natural painkillers. Dry needling can be an effective treatment for relieving sciatica pain, and it may also reduce inflammation and improve nerve function.

If you’re suffering from sciatica, don’t hesitate to contact us at Alliance Orthopedics. We’re here to help you get back to living your life without pain. Our team of experienced professionals is ready to provide you with personalized care, whether that involves chiropractic adjustments, spinal decompression, acupuncture, or a combination of these treatments.

Take the first step, Contact us today!

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