Conditions

Spinal Stenosis

Tricity Pain Associates SM treats Spinal Stenosis

Tricity Pain Associates SM has been helping chronic pain patients deal with their condition by resorting to different treatments and surgeries. We have doctors and specialists that focus on different types of pain treatments including a reliable back pain cure, treatments for failed back surgery, and many others.

What is Spinal Stenosis?

Lumbar spinal stenosis is a disorder that causes nerve and spinal cord impingement as a result of the narrowing of the spinal canal. Symptoms can include numbness, weakness, cramping, or pain in the legs and thighs.  Additionally, there may be a decreased sensation in the feet, causing difficulty when walking.

Spinal stenosis is most commonly caused by wear-and-tear changes in the spine related to osteoarthritis. Doctors may recommend surgery to make additional space for the spinal cord or nerves when the condition worsens.

Some people suffering from spinal stenosis don’t show any symptoms. Some feel a tingling sensation as well as muscle weakness, pain, and numbness.

Types of Spinal Stenosis

  • Cervical stenosis. The narrowing occurs in the part of your spine in your neck.
  • Lumbar stenosis. Occurs in the part of the spine in your lower back. This is the most common type of spinal stenosis.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Numbness in the hand, foot, leg or arm (for both cervical and lumbar stenosis)
  • Neck pain (cervical)
  • Leg pain (lumbar)
  • Weakness in a hand, arm, foot or leg (cervical)
  • Weakness in a foot or leg (lumbar)
  • Pain or cramping in one or both legs when you stand for a long time or when you walk, which typically eases when you bend forward or sit (lumbar)
  • Bowel or bladder dysfunction (for severe cases of cervical stenosis)

What Causes this Spinal Condition?

The spine or backbone runs from your neck to your lower back, and the bones of your spine form a spinal canal, which protects your spinal cord or nerves.

Some people are born with a small spinal canal, but most spinal stenosis happens when there’s an open space within the spine. Causes of this medical condition may include:

  • Spinal injuries: Vehicular accidents and other trauma can cause fractures or dislocations of vertebrae. It may damage what’s inside the spinal canal and the swelling of tissue around it can also put pressure on the nerves.
  • Bone overgrowth: The wear and tear on your spinal bones can wreak havoc on your spinal canal triggering the formation of bone spurs.
  • Tumors. Growths can form inside the membranes that cover the spinal cord or in the space between it.

People at the age of 50 and above are most likely the ones suffering from spinal stenosis. Though degenerative changes can cause spinal stenosis in younger people, there are still other causes that need to be considered. These include trauma, scoliosis, and a genetic disease affecting bone and muscle development throughout the body.

Get the Help that You Need at Tricity Pain Associates SM

Our professional pain physicians in San Antonio are specialized in a number of pain treatments from lower back pain to arm pain. With Tricity Pain Associates SM, you don’t need to spend your whole life in pain anymore. We offer back pain treatment, piriformis injection, discogram and more to help you manage the pain that you’re going through.

Our doctors are dedicated to helping patients who are suffering from a number of pain conditions such as lower back pain and spinal cord conditions among others.

Seek our help now and be free from your chronic pain. Visit us at these locations Stone Oak, San Antonio Medical Center, New Braunfels, Southwest Briggs, Northeast SA, Corpus Christi, Carrollton, Seguin, and Austin.