If you’re over 60 or have previously suffered an injury to your spine, your risk for spinal stenosis increases. To prevent debilitating pain and disability, board-certified physician Amol Soin, MD, offers comprehensive treatment services at Ohio Pain Clinic in Centerville, Ohio. Dr. Soin is highly trained in spinal disorder diagnostics and care and offers several on-site treatments, including injections and surgery, to ease your pain. Find out more about your options for spinal stenosis treatment by calling Ohio Pain Clinic today or by requesting an appointment online now.
Spinal stenosis is a progressive condition where your spinal canal becomes narrow. This condition is often the result of osteoarthritis, a disease that causes the protective cartilage on the ends of bones to break down. You can also develop spinal stenosis when the ligaments in your back become thick over time.
As your spinal canal becomes narrower, it can put pressure on your nerves and lead to pain and a variety of other symptoms that interfere with your mobility and quality of life.
Spinal stenosis symptoms generally develop gradually, starting as mild aches and worsening into chronic pain. It becomes increasingly difficult to walk far or sit for long periods of time without pain.
In addition to this pain, you may experience other symptoms like:
These symptoms can radiate down into your shoulders, arms, and legs, depending on which part of your spine is narrowing.
When spinal stenosis is severe, you can also experience more serious complications, including loss of sexual function and changes in your bowel and bladder control.
Generally, Dr. Soin can often pinpoint spinal stenosis as your diagnosis after he reviews the location of your pain and the type of symptoms you’re having.
To evaluate the severity of your spinal narrowing, Dr. Soin may request imaging tests, like a CT scan or MRI. This information helps him create a treatment plan that’s best for you.
While spinal stenosis can’t be cured, there are therapies available at Ohio Pain Clinic that can control your pain and improve your spinal health.
Initially, Dr. Soin may recommend at-home exercises and a physical therapy program to keep your back flexible and relieve pressure on your nerves. Over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatories can also keep you comfortable and help you stay physically active.
It’s important that you continue to eat a healthy diet and stay active to maintain an ideal weight. Being overweight or obese can put unnecessary pressure on your spinal nerves, worsening your pain.
In some cases, injections of anesthetic and anti-inflammatory medications directly into the spinal canal can provide long-term relief of inflammation and pain to keep you mobile.
When conservative treatments aren’t enough to improve your quality of life, Dr. Soin may recommend minimally invasive surgical techniques to treat spinal stenosis. Surgery to remove parts of your spine to widen the canal and alleviate pressure on your nerves may be necessary when chronic pain becomes debilitating.
If you’re looking for customized care for chronic spinal stenosis pain, schedule a consultation at Ohio Pain Clinic today by phone or using the online booking feature.