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Atlantic Spine Center Announces Updated Web Content on Spinal Stenosis New Treatments and a Better Approach to Spinal Stenosis Surgery
Date:4/30/2013

West Orange, NJ (PRWEB) April 30, 2013

Atlantic Spine Center in New Jersey announces updated web content on its website, http://www.atlanticspinecenter.com, related to spinal stenosis. The new material is designed to help educate and inform patients on the causes, symptoms, and treatments for this common condition.
According to Kaixuan Liu, MD, PhD, chief surgeon at Atlantic Spine Center, stenosis in the lumbar and cervical spine (the lower back and neck) is the source of pain in as many as 1.2 million Americans—mostly people over 60.

Spinal stenosis involves a narrowing of the spaces in the backbone, which creates pressure on the spinal cord or the nerves that branch out from it and can cause pain that ranges from barely noticeable to excruciating. “Picture the walls of someone’s spine slowly closing in on the spinal cord,” Dr. Liu explains. If the patient does nothing, he says, the walls will continue to move inward, eventually crushing the cord and leaving the affected section of the spine essentially useless—and the patient in enormous amounts of pain.

In the majority of cases, spinal stenosis is the result of the gradual degeneration that comes with aging: as we get older, Dr. Liu explains, the spine often starts to show signs of damage: ligaments can thicken and harden, osteophytes (or bone spurs) can develop, and arthritis can begin to damage the joints. At the same time, the discs (fluid-filled pockets that cushion each joint in the spine) also can deteriorate, resulting is disc bulges and herniations (tears in the outer disc membrane) that allow the gelatinous disc filling to protrude into the open spaces in the spine. These conditions, which are known as structural changes, a
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