Spinal Stenosis Treatment – Narrowing of the Spine
Spinal stenosis treatment depends heavily on the underlying cause of the condition. Stenosis is an inclusive term that refers to a narrowing of one or more spaces within the spinal canal, which houses the spinal cord and spinal nerve roots. Although some people are born with a naturally narrow spinal canal, many cases of stenosis can be traced to an abnormality that limited the available space. Whatever the cause, spinal stenosis is best treated by physicians who specialize in addressing spinal conditions and their associated symptoms. In Atlanta, Georgia, and surrounding areas, there’s no better place to turn than Pain Care. With our individualized approach to care, our board-certified physicians are prepared to evaluate and treat all forms of spinal stenosis.
The first step in developing a spinal stenosis treatment plan is to examine the spine for abnormalities. All of the following can cause narrowing:
- Bone spur growth, which often happens as result of arthritis
- Fractured vertebrae
- Slipped vertebrae
- Slipped, herniated, or otherwise damaged intervertebral discs
If the spinal canal is narrowed by any of these elements, nerves that run to other parts of the body can become compressed or “pinched.” The resulting pain, weakness, numbness, and other symptoms may appear in the neck or lower back, as well as in the extremities, making an accurate diagnosis a challenge. That’s why Pain Care’s experienced physicians take the time to thoroughly examine each patient’s imaging results and factor them in when developing a treatment plan.
Each patient who visits one of our offices in or around Atlanta, GA, will receive information about his or her particular condition, as well as a tailored treatment plan, which may include anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxers, steroid injections, or physical therapy. For the few people who do not see a substantial improvement in their symptoms after several weeks of conservative treatment – and for those with very severe spinal stenosis – our physicians may recommend minimally invasive surgery (such as kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty) as necessary.
To learn more about spinal stenosis, the treatment options that we offer, and our personalized approach to care, contact Pain Care today. We’re proud to serve the people of Atlanta, GA, and all surrounding areas.