Back in Action – Spinal Stenosis Treatment

It was a cold winter’s day when the simple task of leaving for work turned into a painful ordeal for Charlene Rodriguez. She headed out of her raised home and next thing she knew she was falling down a flight of stairs.
“I live 8 feet off the ground and I fell down 6 or 7 steps,” she recalled.  She was in horrible pain. As time wore on, the pain worsened.  She suffered from severe pain in her shoulder blades and back that turned into burning pain by the end of the day.  It was affecting her ability to work and enjoy life.
Culicchia Neurosurgeon John Steck

Neurosurgeon John Steck performed an anterior discectomy cervical fusion.

Culicchia Neurological Neurosurgeon John Steck saw Ms. Rodriguez and determined that a condition called spinal stenosis was inhibiting her recovery.

“Spinal stenosis is a degenerative disc disease that puts  pressure on the spinal cord,” Dr. Steck explained. Cervical stenosis occurs when the spinal canal narrows and compresses the spinal cord and is most frequently caused by aging. The discs in the spine that separate and cushion vertebrae may dry out and herniate.As a result, the space between the vertebrae shrinks, and the discs lose their ability to act as shock absorbers.
Dr. Steck found that it was the cause of the pain and numbness in Ms. Rodriguez’s arms and shoulders.  In order to relieve Ms. Rodriguez’s pain,  Dr. Steck performed an anterior cervical discectomy fusion at three levels. He made a small incision in the front of the neck and completely removed the offending discs to relieve compression on her spine. He inserted small bony spacers in place of the discs.
It worked. “Once he did the surgery I had no more pain. I did not need any pain pills or medication. I left from the hospital the next day and went home. I was out of work maybe a week or two, if that long. I  had immediate relief. I’m in no pain,” she said.

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