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Dr. Evan Johnson Holds Symposium on Tandem Spinal Stenosis at NASS 2017

The Interdisciplinary Spine Forum at the annual meeting of the North American Spine Society is the largest spine meeting and exhibition in the world, and every year Dr. Evan Johnson is there to share his expertise with spine specialists from many different disciplines.

As Director of Physical Therapy at The Spine Hospital at the Neurological Institute of New York, Dr. Johnson provides the physical therapist’s perspective on spinal disorders. This year Dr. Johnson led the forum with a symposium on a complex problem, tandem spinal stenosis.

Spinal stenosis is a fairly common disorder. It usually occurs as a result of aging, as the bones in the spine degenerate and form spurs that may narrow the spinal canal. (The spinal canal holds the delicate bundle of nerves that make up our spinal cord.)

When the spinal canal narrows, these nerves are compressed, leading to symptoms such as numbness, tingling, loss of coordination and pain. Tandem spinal stenosis is when this narrowing occurs in two different parts of the spine.

Tandem spinal stenosis can be difficult to diagnose, because its symptoms can be mistaken for a variety of other disorders.

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Learn more about Dr. Johnson at his bio page here.

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