Spinal stenosis is a common degenerative condition that affects 8-11% of people aged 50 and older. Spinal stenosis is painful, but with intervention and treatment, it’s possible to manage. At Pain Care, LLC, the team of interventional spine and pain management experts offer comprehensive care for spinal stenosis to the Metro Atlanta area. To make an appointment at the office in Stockbridge, Griffin, Newnan, McDonough, or Johns Creek, Georgia, call the nearest office or click the online booking feature today.
Spinal stenosis causes a narrowing of the space within your spinal column. When that occurs, it places excess pressure on the nerves in your spine, resulting in lower back or neck pain.
Spinal stenosis occurs for various reasons, but it’s often the result of osteoarthritis. There’s no cure for the condition, but there are several treatments that can reduce discomfort and improve your quality of life.
At Pain Care, LLC, the team treats several types of spinal stenosis, including:
Cervical spinal stenosis occurs due to a narrowing of the space in your neck.
Lumbar spinal stenosis occurs due to a narrowing of the space in your lower back. It’s the most common type of spinal stenosis and affects millions of Americans.
Symptoms of spinal stenosis include:
If the condition is severe, you might also experience difficulty controlling your bladder or bowels.
Some people are born with a smaller-than-average spinal canal, but most of the time, spinal stenosis occurs due to an underlying condition. For example, you’re more likely to experience spinal stenosis if you have a herniated disc, a spinal tumor, or an overgrowth of bone.
To diagnose spinal stenosis, your Pain Care, LLC, provider reviews your medical history and asks about your symptoms, including when they started and if any activities like exercising make them worse.
Next, your provider conducts an exam, gently pressing on specific areas of your spine to pinpoint areas of tenderness or warmth. Afterward, they order diagnostic imaging, such as an MRI, a CT scan, or X-rays. These tools help the team pinpoint underlying issues like bone spurs, herniated discs, or a fracture.
Treatment of spinal stenosis depends on the severity of your symptoms and their effect on your daily life. Usually, the team at Pain Care, LLC, recommends conservative measures, such as taking anti-inflammatory drugs and muscle relaxers or receiving steroid injections.
You might also benefit from physical therapy, activity modification, regenerative medicine, or spinal cord stimulation.
The team at Pain Care, LLC, offers nerve and spinal cord stimulation using the latest neuromodulation technology from brands like Nevro®, Stimwave Technologies, Medtronic, and Boston Scientific.
If you don’t experience a substantial improvement in your symptoms, or they get worse, surgical intervention might be necessary.
At PainCare, LLC, the team offers the Vertiflex™ Procedure for spinal stenosis. The Vertiflex Procedure uses a small, implantable device to increase the amount of space in your spine. The device takes pressure off your nerves, relieving pain when you stand, walk, or exercise.
To receive treatment for spinal stenosis, make an appointment at Pain Care, LLC, by calling the nearest office or clicking the online booking feature today.