Fletcher Allen, a Vermont university hospital and medical center, serves all of
Vermont and the northern New York region. Located in Burlington, Fletcher Allen is a regional, academic healthcare center and teaching hospital in alliance with the University of Vermont.
- Medical Center Campus
- East Pavilion, Level 5
- 111 Colchester Avenue
Burlington, VT, 05401
- Phone: 802-847-4590
- Fax: 802-847-3807
- Monday-Friday, 8 AM-5 PM
Back pain could be spinal stenosis, a condition where the spinal canal – the protective area that houses the spinal cord – narrows, placing pressure on the spinal cord or spinal nerves. This can lead to pain, weakness or numbness in the back, neck, legs, shoulders or arms – depending on which part of the spinal cord is affected.
Spinal stenosis most often makes lower back pain and neck pain.
Spinal Stenosis: What You Need to Know
Through all stages of your treatment – from diagnosis to surgery to rehabilitation – we provide a caring, personalized approach that puts patients at the center of everything we do.
Fletcher Allen’s medical experts offer comprehensive, experienced diagnosis and treatment for all forms of spinal stenosis and spinal disease. At Fletcher Allen, our physicians and other support staff work together as a team, providing expert care.
Our team uses the latest technology and robotic surgery or minimally invasive procedures to treat spinal stenosis. Robotic surgery reduces your pain and shortens recovery time.
Experienced, Trusted Expertise
As a university hospital and health system, our team provides the most advanced care backed by research: we make all diagnostic and treatment recommendations based on the latest thinking in the field. Through patient education, we answer all your questions and help you become as informed as possible throughout your care.
What is Spinal Stenosis?
If you have lower back pain and are over the age of 50, you could have spinal stenosis. It’s a common condition that gets worse over time.
Spinal stenosis causes include:
- Bone spurs – A bone overgrowth that presses into the spinal canal.
- Disk degeneration – The disks that act as a cushion between your spine’s vertebrae can dry out with age.
- Thickened ligaments – Ligaments hold the spine together. If they get thick and stiff they can press into the spinal canal.
- Tumor(s) – abnormal cell growth can happen anywhere in the spine.
- Spinal injuries – any kind of trauma to your spine can affect the spinal canal.
Spinal Stenosis Diagnosis and Treatment:
If you have persistent back pain and need diagnosis and evaluation of spinal stenosis, you will be referred by your primary care physician to a neurologist or neurosurgeon. Our team works together to provide comprehensive spinal stenosis care.
Specialists on your team may include:
- Rheumatologists – Medical doctors who specialize in treatment of arthritis and related disorders.
- Neurologists - Physicians with advanced training in neurology, and treating disorders of the brain and nervous system.
- Neurosurgeons – Surgeons with advanced, fellowship-level training in operating on the brain and nervous system. Neurosurgeons treat diseases and conditions affecting the brain, spine and spinal cord and the peripheral nerves – the nerves located outside the brain and spinal cord. They provide non-surgical and surgical therapies.
- Orthopedic surgeons – Surgeons with advanced training in the diagnosis, care and treatment of patients with disorders of the musculoskeletal system (bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves and skin.)
- Physiatrists – Physicians with specialized training in rehabilitative medicine, and in diagnosing and treating pain.
- Pain Medicine Experts – Physicians with advanced training in anesthesiology and pain medicine who provide advanced therapies for treating acute and chronic pain
- Physical therapists—to help pre-surgery or with recovery after surgery
Fletcher Allen neurosurgeons are specially trained in the most recent techniques, including:
- Robotic surgery
- Laser surgery
- Image-guided therapies
Learn more about spinal stenosis diagnosis and treatment.
Find a Fletcher Allen Health Care physician or call 802-847-4590.