Spinal stenosis is a very common condition characterized by a narrowing in your spinal canal. While many people develop some degree of stenosis as they age, for an unlucky few, stenosis can lead to chronic and debilitating pain. AZ Pain Solutions is staffed by interventional pain management specialists who understand the nature of spinal stenosis and how best to treat it. If you’re in the Deer Valley, Phoenix area and you’d like relief from spinal stenosis pain, call or book an appointment online.
Spinal stenosis is a broad diagnosis that describes a narrowing of your spinal canal. The narrowing leads to compression and irritation of your nerves, which can lead to pain. Stenosis generally occurs in your low back, sometimes creating sciatica, or in your cervical spine (your neck).
Spinal stenosis can develop in varying degrees, which largely dictates how much pain you feel. In fact, many people have some form of stenosis and are unaware of it because there are no symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they commonly present in the following manner:
The most common symptoms of lumbar stenosis are:
Cervical stenosis, or a narrowing of the spinal canal in your neck, is less common but more serious, as it can signal compression of your spinal cord. In this case, the leading symptom is pain that may or may not radiate, accompanied by tingling and numbness, especially in your arms.
Stenosis can also occur in your mid back, or thoracic spine, but this is uncommon.
Spinal stenosis is primarily caused by degenerative conditions, such as:
In fact, most people over the age of 50 start to develop stenosis to some degree. This is a natural part of aging as soft tissue becomes drier and more brittle, especially the discs between your vertebrae.
In less common cases, spinal stenosis is caused by skeletal irregularities, spondylolisthesis, or tumors.
The pain management specialists at AZ Pain Solutions have a number of effective tools to combat the pain and discomfort associated with spinal stenosis, including:
To determine which treatment is best for your situation, the doctors at AZ Pain Solutions perform a full evaluation of your stenosis and work with you to find a plan that best meets your goals.
To fight the often painful effects of spinal stenosis, call AZ Pain Solutions or schedule an appointment using the easy online booking tool.