As you head into your 50s, your risk for spinal stenosis increases. To reduce pain and other symptoms of spinal stenosis, the experienced pain management specialists at the Pain Institute of Southern Arizona offer custom treatment plans tailored to your needs. At all of their offices, located throughout Tucson, Oro Valley, Green Valley, Safford, Benson and Willcox, Arizona, the medical team provides epidural steroid injections and other options to get you back to an active lifestyle. Find out more about treating spinal stenosis by calling the practice or request an appointment online.
Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spine, often resulting from degenerative diseases, such as osteoarthritis. As the spinal vertebrae and their protective discs wear down, they can put pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. Pressure on the nerves can also result as the ligaments in your back thicken as you age, or if you have herniated discs due to injury or disease.
This pressure causes pain and a variety of symptoms that interfere with your mobility and overall quality of life. Your risk for spinal stenosis increases with age or if you suffer trauma to the spine from a fall or auto accident.
Some people can have spinal stenosis without any symptoms, but typically symptoms of the condition develop gradually and worsen over time.
As a result of spinal stenosis, you may experience persistent pain in your back or neck, depending on where the spinal narrowing occurs. Pain can also radiate into your arms and legs, which can interfere with your daily activities and your mobility.
As the condition worsens, you may also experience issues such as:
If you lose feeling in your legs due to spinal stenosis, you’ll need emergency medical treatment as soon as possible to prevent permanent paralysis.
Often, your Pain Institute of Southern Arizona provider can identify spinal stenosis based on your symptoms. They can also order imaging tests, like X-rays, to confirm spinal stenosis or rule out other conditions that can cause similar side effects.
Treatment for the condition depends on the severity of your condition. Initially, your provider may recommend anti-inflammatory medications to reduce pressure on your spinal nerves.
For pain not relieved by rest and medications, the team at Pain Institute of Southern Arizona offers epidural steroid injections. This treatment involves the injection of local anesthetic medication and steroids into the epidural space of the spinal canal.
Injections are suitable for pain in both the cervical (neck) and lumbar (low back) regions of the spine. Treatment numbs the pain in the short term and decreases inflammation to help with long-term pain. Overall, the epidural steroid injection increases your mobility for several weeks or several months at a time.
You may also benefit from physical therapy and at-home exercises that strengthen the muscles that support your spine and increase your range of motion.
Learn more about treatment for your spinal stenosis pain by requesting a consultation online or by phone today.