About Spinal Stenosis

What is it and what are your treatment options?
Anchorage: (907)562-2277
Wasilla: (907) 357-2267
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What is Spinal Stenosis?

A type of degeneration, spinal stenosis occurs when the spinal canal narrows at one or more locations along the spine. This narrowing can happen as a result of trauma to, or deterioration of, the spine’s bones, discs, or joints.

At our state-of-the-art practice, our Board Certified Spine Specialists can diagnose and treat spinal stenosis with a comprehensive selection of spine and pain management techniques. Your care, comfort, and results are our highest priorities.

Common Causes:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tumors
  • Ligament changes
  • Herniated disc

Symptoms you should look for are:

  • Pain
  • Cramping in extremity
  • Numbness in extremity
  • Problems balancing
  • Incontinence

When diagnosing spinal stenosis, The OPA Spine Specialists do the following:

  • Obtain a complete medical history
  • Perform a physical examination
  • Order and analyze X-Rays/ MRI

Common Treatments:

Fortunately, spinal stenosis often can be treated using non-surgical methods such as rest, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), corticosteroid injections, orthotics, and physical therapy. Our Board Certified Spine Specialists are extensively trained in the most advanced spinal stenosis treatment options available, including many nonsurgical treatment options.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)

Decrease inflammation and pain.

Physical Therapy

One of OPA’s onsite physical therapists prescribes and monitors strengthening and stretching exercises.


An epidural injection of steroid and anesthetic medications.
In cases where nonsurgical treatments have not resolved the symptoms of spinal stenosis, our Board Certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeons may discuss the option of a surgical procedure. Unlike in years past, most spinal procedures can now be performed using a minimally invasive approach that requires only a small incision and significantly expedites recovery time.
While there are several Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery options for spinal stenosis, the goal for any of these procedures is to remove the portions of the spinal ligaments, spinal bones or other structures to alleviate pressure on the spinal nerves and spinal canal.

Our Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Orthopedic Spine Surgeons are among the most experienced in Alaska and are experts in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgical procedures.

At OPA, our Board-Certified and Fellowship-Trained Spine Specialists, Dr. Mark Flanum, Dr. James Eule, and Dr. Curtis Mina are experts in treating spinal stenosis.

To receive an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan, please make an appointment to see one of our Spine Team Specialists at our offices conveniently located in Anchorage and Wasilla.

Schedule An Appointment

To receive an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan, please make an appointment with one of our Orthopedic Team Specialists at our offices conveniently located in Anchorage and Wasilla, AK.

Anchorage: (907)562-2277
Wasilla: (907) 357-2267

OPA Spine Team

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Dr. James Eule

Orthopedic Spine Specialist

Dr. Mark Flanum

Orthopedic Spine Specialist

Dr. Curtis Mina

Orthopedic Spine Specialist

Sean Taylor, MD

Pain Management

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