Spinal stenosis is a painful condition that affects 8-11% of the population, typically after age 50. At Melbourne Spine in Melbourne, Florida, Omar H. Henriquez, MD, provides pain management therapies to address the persistent nerve pain of spinal stenosis. To find safe and effective treatment solutions for spinal stenosis, call Melbourne Spine or schedule an appointment online today.
Spinal stenosis occurs when the open space in your spinal column narrows. This passageway surrounds your spinal cord and nerves. When this channel grows smaller, it can compress your spinal nerves.
Spinal stenosis is usually caused by:
In most cases, spinal stenosis affects your neck, or cervical spine, and your lower back, or lumbar spine.
In some cases, spinal stenosis can be present without causing any symptoms. When narrow areas compress your spinal cord or nerves, however, symptoms can slowly develop and progress over time.
Spinal stenosis symptoms vary depending on which area of your spine is affected. When stenosis occurs in your neck, for example, it’s common to have pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in your arms or legs.
Lumbar stenosis typically triggers sciatica symptoms. Sciatica causes burning pain radiating deep inside your buttocks and down your leg.
If left untreated, spinal stenosis can result in permanent nerve damage.
At Melbourne Spine, Dr. Henriquez identifies spinal stenosis through a full physical examination, by reviewing your medical history, and by evaluating your symptoms. He might also recommend X-rays to look for changes in your spinal canal or MRIs to identify ligament or disc damage and locate the exact area of your nerve compression.
Based on your diagnosis, Dr. Henriquezdesigns a pain management strategy tailored specifically to you, which may include one or more of the following:
Physical therapy for spinal stenosis works to strengthen your back and abdominal muscles, build endurance, and maintain flexibility in your spine. All of these elements increase your spine’s stability.
Dr. Henriquez may recommend chiropractic treatment to adjust your spine and improve its proper function. In some cases, traction is used to increase space between your vertebrae to reduce pressure on your affected nerves.
This method of pain management delivers medication to the outermost membranes of your spinal cord and nerve roots. This therapy reduces inflammation and treats pain radiating to your hips or leg.
Nerve blocks disrupt your pain by injecting strong medication near the affected nerve.
To learn more about spinal stenosis treatments, call Melbourne Spine or schedule an appointment online today.