Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis is a narrowing in the spine that puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. The condition can occur in the neck (cervical spinal stenosis), the middle of the spine (thoracic stenosis), or the lower spine (lumbar stenosis).

Spinal stenosis be caused by injuries and diseases such as osteoarthritis and scoliosis.

The expert team of doctors at UT Southwestern’s Spine Center specialize in all available evidence-based treatments for spinal stenosis – both medical and surgical. We offer our patients the most advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies and techniques, including specialized spine imaging.

When surgery is recommended, our skilled surgeons can perform procedures minimally invasively in many cases to reduce recovery time. Our Spine Center is one of few U.S. programs offering endoscopic surgery for the treatment of herniated discs.

Our multidisciplinary approach gets you access to neurosurgeons, orthopaedists, and other specialists with one call. We strive to coordinate, facilitate, and expedite patient care, and save our patients time.

Our goal is to partner with our patients in their care, get them back to health as soon as possible, and help them achieve the best outcomes.


If we suspect that you have spinal stenosis, we will conduct a physical examination and order additional testing. Tests, procedures, and spine imaging studies used to diagnose spinal stenosis can include:


After diagnosis, we’ll make sure you see the right experts to treat your specific symptoms. Our Spine Center specialists treat spinal stenosis with therapies that include:

  • Spine rehabilitation
  • Anti-inflammation drugs
  • Cortisone injections
  • Decompression laminectomy, with or without vertebrae fusion - A surgery that removes excess bone in the spinal canal to make more room for the spinal cord and nerves

We will create a care plan that minimizes the number of visits you need to make while also providing you with the support you need.

Clinical Trials

UT Southwestern conducts clinical trials aimed at improving the diagnosis and treatment of spinal stenosis. Talk with your doctor to see if a clinical trial is right for you.

Request an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with a spinal stenosis specialist at UT Southwestern’s facilities in Dallas or to learn more about our services, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.