Spinal stenosis is a common cause of pain in the back, neck, and legs. This pain management education article focuses on spinal stenosis. We will discuss the symptoms of the condition, as well as some options for treatment.
What is Spinal Stenosis
Spinal stenosis is a condition in which the spinal canal begins to narrow, causing a number of potential side effects. Stenosis can be brought on by an acute injury (a car accident, for example), or it can develop over time as the body breaks down. Possible symptoms that could indicate spinal stenosis include:
- Pain in the back, neck, or extremities
- Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
- Cramping and muscle weakness
Treatment Options for Spinal Stenosis Pain
I know we talk about this a lot, but you cannot start treating spinal stenosis until you have a full diagnosis from a physician. This can be accomplished by a physical exam, in conjunction with diagnostic imaging tests (MRI, Xray, CT scan). After a physician has fully diagnosed your condition, you can move forward to a discussion of treatment strategy. Treating pain from spinal stenosis typically begins with conservative methods like pain medication and injection therapy. If conservative methods fail, or the stenosis begins to threaten the spinal nerves, surgical intervention may be necessary.
St. Paul Pain Management Doctor
At Central Medical Clinic in St. Paul, we make it a point to treat every patient with the respect and compassion they deserve. Dr. Alfonso Morales specializes in pain management and the treatment of chronic pain conditions. If you are dealing with a painful condition or injury, make an appointment with a pain management specialist to discuss a treatment strategy for effectively reducing your pain. Contact us today at our St. Paul chronic pain management clinic to set up your appointment and get back to living a pain-free life!