Spinal stenosis affects 8-11% of the population and most often develops after age 50. The experienced team at the Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain offer innovative pain management treatments to relieve the persistent nerve pain that accompanies spinal stenosis. With six locations in North and South Carolina, it’s easy to find a convenient one near you. You don’t have to live with spinal stenosis pain and weakness — call or book an appointment online today.
Your spinal column contains open spaces that create passageways for your spinal cord and spinal nerves. If these spaces become narrowed, the nerves become compressed in a condition known as spinal stenosis.
While you can be born with a small spinal canal, spinal stenosis is typically caused by:
Spinal stenosis typically affects the cervical and lumbar regions of your spine; cervical stenosis occurs in your neck, while lumbar stenosis occurs in your lower back.
Compressed nerves cause a variety of symptoms, which vary depending on the affected area of your spine. When you have cervical stenosis, for instance, you often experience pain, weakness, numbness, and tingling in your arms or legs.
With lumbar stenosis, sciatica symptoms are more common. These typically consist of a burning pain that radiates through the buttocks and down your legs. In severe cases, spinal stenosis can cause bladder and bowel control issues, also known as incontinence.
When left untreated, spinal stenosis can cause permanent nerve damage.
How is spinal stenosis diagnosed?
To identify the cause of your nerve pain, your doctor at the Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain performs a full physical examination, discusses your symptoms, and reviews your medical history.
They may also suggest X-rays to identify changes in your spinal canal, or they may use an MRI to look for disc or ligament damage and to diagnose the precise location of your nerve compression.
Your doctor develops a treatment plan based on the severity of your spinal stenosis and symptoms. Treatments often include:
In some cases, your doctor might recommend spinal decompression to increase the space in your spinal canal. Your doctor typically performs this treatment on-site while you’re under general anesthesia.
If your spinal stenosis hasn’t responded to other treatments, your doctor might recommend surgery to relieve your symptoms.
To learn more about spinal stenosis and its treatments, call the Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain or book an appointment online.