What Is Spinal Stenosis?
Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the bone channel occupied by the spinal nerves. generally related to degeneration in the spine. The condition is often caused by the natural aging process or arthritis, and commonly occurs in the neck (cervical stenosis) and lower back (lumbar stenosis).
As it is a gradual process and rarely causes immediate symptoms. A few do not feel any effects of the narrowing, but as part of the aging process, most people will eventually notice radiating pain, weakness, and/or numbness secondary to the compression of the nerves or spinal cord.
With spinal stenosis, development of bony growths from osteoarthritis and/or other degenerative changes constrict the space for the spinal cord and/or spinal nerves. There are a number of potential symptoms of spinal stenosis, and one’s specific symptoms are mainly determined by the location and severity of the stenosis in the spine.
While narrowing of the bone channel may occur at different parts of the spine, the symptoms of nerve compression are often similar. That is why the physicians at St. Louis Pain Consultants will perform testing to determine the cause and location of the narrowing.
Common Spinal Stenosis Symptoms
What to Expect
We begin with a thorough clinical evaluation with an analysis of your symptoms, and physical examination. Testing may include x-rays, MRI and/or CT scans, and electro-diagnosis (EMG) to definitively pinpoint the source of pain.
Every patient is different and we work with each one to establish an individualized, comprehensive plan, to achieve maximum relief. Pinpointing the source of pain and utilizing a targeted treatment plan makes our approach highly successful.
With the help of today’s technology, our pain management specialists accurately diagnose, target, and relieve the source of pain, to help you return to an active lifestyle.
- Epidural Nerve Block
- OTC medications
- Prescription Meds
- Corticosteroid Injections
- Physical Therapy