Spinal Stenosis Blog Posts

How Long Does a Pinched Nerve Last?

Medical illustration showing a leaking herniated disc which causes a pinched nerve
A pinched nerve in the neck or back can cause shock-like pain, tingling, numbness, and/or weakness into the arm or leg. Here are some treatment ideas and how long it may take to find relief.

Is My Hand Pain from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or Something Else?

Medical illustration of the palmar view of the hand. Transverse carpal ligament, flexor tendons, and median nerve are labeled.
When you have pain and numbness in your hand, there are a few likely causes. Learn what they are, and what symptoms they usually cause.

Tips for Golfing with Spinal Stenosis

Golf ball sitting on a golf green.
With a few modifications and considerations, taking up your golf game after spinal stenosis surgery is possible.

Getting the Right Diagnosis for Numb Fingers

Palmar view of the pain in the tendons of the hand from carpal tunnel syndrome.
Carpal tunnel syndrome, a cervical herniated disc, and rheumatoid arthritis can all cause numbness in your hands. Make sure you have the correct diagnosis before you proceed with a treatment.

Leg Pain after a Lumbar Decompression Surgery

Superior view of a lumbar vertebra with spinal stenosis.
There are several reasons why leg pain may persist after spinal decompression surgery to ease pain from spinal stenosis.

Laser Disc Decompression for Spinal Stenosis: Does it Work?

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As a practicing spine surgeon, I am often asked by patients if their disc decompression surgery can be done with a laser. There is a perception by the general population that lasers are a modern, almost futuristic, up and coming technology.The reality is that lasers have been around for a long time and are almost completely useless when it comes to spine surgery.

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