By Dr. Jay Adlersberg and Eyewitness News
LONG ISLAND – Back pain in the elderly can have many causes. One type of pain is caused by spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal. It has very typical symptoms and may need major surgery to cure, but a new procedure shows promise.
Spinal stenosis can pinch nerves and cause back and leg pain. Patients are often in their seventies or eighties, not a good age for major back surgery to improve pain. Now, a simpler procedure that’s been available for less than two years may be an option.