As you get older, changes in your spine can lead to a painful condition known as spinal stenosis. To help you better manage your back pain, the medical team at Michigan Pain Specialists offers on-site diagnostic testing and treatment services for spinal stenosis at the offices in Ypsilanti and Adrian, Michigan. The pain management team focuses on relieving your pain and protecting the long-term health and function of your spine. Schedule a diagnostic evaluation for back pain and other symptoms of spinal stenosis by calling the Michigan Pain Specialists office nearest you or by booking an appointment online today.
Your spinal column is made up of bony vertebrae and features open spaces that create the spinal canal, which houses nerves and your spinal cord.
Spinal stenosis describes a narrowing of the openings in your spine. As the spinal column narrows, it can put pressure on the surrounding nerves and spinal cord and lead to chronic pain and a variety of other symptoms.
One of the most common causes of spinal stenosis is the excess growth of bone around your spinal nerves. This can be the result of osteoarthritis, a wear-and-tear arthritis that wears away the protective cartilage around your spinal joints.
Other causes of spinal stenosis include:
You can also develop spinal stenosis early in life if you’re born with a small spinal canal.
Symptoms of spinal stenosis can vary based on the area of the spine that’s narrowing. If you have stenosis in your lumbar (lower) spine, you may experience symptoms that affect your lower back, hips, and legs, such as:
If the narrowing occurs in your upper (cervical) spine, you may experience pain and weakness in your neck, shoulders, and arms.
When spinal stenosis is advanced, it can lead to serious, long-term complications, such as loss of control of your bowels or bladder and paralysis.
To help you manage the pain of spinal stenosis, the team at Michigan Pain Specialists may recommend prescription pain relievers and anti-inflammatories. The use of these medications can make it easier for you to begin physical therapy to improve your spine’s strength and flexibility.
When oral medications aren’t enough to control pain, you might benefit from epidural steroid injections that go directly into your spine to reduce inflammation. The injections also contain an anesthetic to numb pain signals that travel to your brain.
If you have severe pain from lumbar stenosis that’s not treatable with medications or injections, you may be a candidate for MILD®, a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure. The goal of MILD is to remove excess tissue around your spinal cord to widen the spinal canal.
The team at Michigan Pain Specialists uses on-site imaging technology and specialized tools to complete the procedure without the need for invasive surgery. They only need to make a small incision in the treatment area to access your spine.
If you need help controlling spinal stenosis pain, call the Michigan Pain Specialists office nearest you today or book an appointment online to learn more about available treatment options.