Spinal stenosis is a common cause of leg, neck, and back pain. If you experience symptoms that won’t go away, the interventional pain management experts at Spine Care Specialists, LLC, in Dublin, Ohio, offer effective, personalized treatments for spinal stenosis. To speak with a doctor about your condition, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Spinal stenosis is a condition that occurs when the space within your spine begins to narrow. Spinal stenosis puts more pressure on the nerves that travel up your spine, leading to numbness, pain, and weakness.
Depending on which area of your spine is compressed, you may experience symptoms in your lower back and legs, neck, shoulders, or arms. The symptoms of spinal stenosis often worsen over time.
Although some people are born with a naturally small spinal canal, there are a number of conditions that can lead to spinal stenosis. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and refers to wear and tear on the cartilage.
Over time, the damage caused by osteoarthritis results in bone spurs, abnormal overgrowth of bone that can grow into the spinal canal. Osteoarthritis-related changes to your spine narrow the spaces within your spine, resulting in spinal stenosis.
A herniated disc is another condition that can lead to spinal stenosis. The discs in your spine act as cushions for each of your vertebrae.
A herniated disc occurs when the soft, gel-like center pushes through the tougher exterior of the disc. This soft inner material presses on the nerves and spinal cord, compressing the space in your spinal canal.
Traumatic spinal injuries, tumors, and thickening of the ligaments that support your spine can also cause spinal stenosis. If left untreated, the numbness and weakness spinal stenosis causes can become permanent.
The biggest contributor to spinal stenosis is age. Most people with spinal stenosis are over the age of 50. Age-related changes to the spine like thickening of the tissue surrounding the spine and wear-and-tear on your joints (osteoarthritis) all contribute to narrowing of the spaces within your spine.
The first step in treating spinal stenosis is an accurate diagnosis. If you have symptoms of spinal stenosis, your doctor at Spine Care Specialists, LLC, begins with a physical exam and discussion of your medical history.
Your doctor may perform imaging tests like an X-ray or MRI to get a detailed view of your spine. Your doctor uses your evaluation to develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs.
If your condition is mild, your doctor instructs you on self-care measures you can use like over-the-counter painkillers, strengthening and flexibility exercises, and heat and ice therapy.
If your condition is more advanced, treatment may include non-opioid medication or steroid injections. Severe or disabling spinal stenosis sometimes requires surgery for effective treatment.
Spine Care Specialists, LLC, offers referrals for other specialists, like physical therapists and surgeons, to provide you with the most effective care.
If you suffer from symptoms of spinal stenosis, call Spine Care Specialists, LLC, or book an appointment online today.