Spinal stenosis, in which your spinal canal becomes narrow enough to press on the nerves, is a common problem that can cause chronic pain and disability. The experienced team at AABP Integrative Pain Care in New York has considerable expertise in diagnosing and treating the causes of spinal stenosis that effectively resolve your symptoms. For relief of your spinal stenosis, call AABP Integrative Pain Care’s office in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn, Midtown East, New York City, or in White Plains or Great Neck, New York, or book an appointment online today.
The term spinal stenosis describes various problems that result in your spinal canal getting narrower, which can cause chronic back or neck pain.
The spinal canal is the hollow channel inside your vertebrae that protects your spinal cord. There’s a small amount of space around the spinal cord, into which the nerves that branch out to serve other parts of your body must pass to exit your spine.
If the spinal canal is too narrow, the nerves coming off your spinal cord might get pinched or squashed, causing the symptoms of spinal stenosis.
Spinal stenosis is most likely to affect your lower back and neck. One of the main symptoms is usually chronic pain that radiates from your lower back into your legs or your neck into your arms.
In addition to pain, nerve compression in your spine (radiculopathy) can cause sensations like tingling or burning, weakness, numbness, and loss of function. These symptoms tend to worsen when you walk and improve when you sit down. Leaning forward, which takes the pressure off the spinal nerves, can also ease your symptoms.
Many conditions can lead to spinal stenosis. Those the AABP Integrative Pain Care team sees most often include:
Paget’s disease, which results in an overgrowth of bone, can sometimes be an underlying cause of spinal stenosis.
Spinal stenosis treatment focuses on relieving the pressure on your spinal nerves. Your provider starts with the least invasive options, which are often highly successful. If you’re still feeling pain, they can offer advanced interventions to resolve your symptoms. Some of the treatments that might help you include:
AABP Integrative Pain Care also offers minimally invasive lumbar decompression (MILD®). This procedure uses one tiny incision to access the ligaments in your spine. By removing some of the tissue in the area affected by stenosis, it’s possible to relieve pressure and restore function to the nerves.
To find out which treatments suit your spinal stenosis problem best, call AABP Integrative Pain Care today or book an appointment online.