What is Spinal Stenosis?
Spinal stenosis is a condition in the spine when the area in the spine begins to narrow, placing pressure directly on the spinal cord or nerves. Most people with spinal stenosis experience pain and / or numbness in their legs, back, neck, shoulders or arms. Often times, spinal stenosis can cause problems with bladder or bowl movement. In many cases, spinal stenosis can be treated with conservative methods offered by our pain management physicians.
Causes of Spinal Stenosis
Many Americans suffer from spinal stenosis. While most people recognize arthritis as a common cause of spinal stenosis, other causes include:
• Degenerative joint disease of the spine
• Disc herniation
Spinal Stenosis Symptoms
While symptoms of spinal stenosis vary and are dependent on the location of the stenosis, common symptoms include:
• Leg pain when standing or walking
• Back pain radiating though the buttock and hip down to the leg
• Neck pain radiating through the shoulder and down the arm
• Numbness or tingling in your leg, foot, arm or hand
• Loss of balance
• Loss of bowel or bladder function
Treating Spinal Stenosis
In many cases, conservative non-surgical treatments can effectively treat spinal stenosis. Acute loss of bowel or bladder function is usually considered a medical emergency and requires immediate surgical intervention. Dr. Desai and Dr. Kurian are able to properly diagnose Spinal Stenosis and recommend a conservative non-surgical treatment plan.
• Physical therapy and stretching programs with ice or heat
• Prescription pain medications
• Epidural steroid injections
• TENS Therapy
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