Pain Management of Long Island
Pain Management & Anesthesiology located in Medford, NY
Spinal stenosis is a primary cause of back pain. As the space between vertebrae narrows, nerve compression causes widespread pain, tingling, and numbness. Before your condition worsens, visit with board-certified pain specialist Mehran Golpariani, MD. His friendly, specialized team at Pain Management of Long Island in Medford, New York offers spinal stenosis treatments to help relieve your pain. Make your appointment by using the online scheduler or by calling the clinic.
Spinal Stenosis Q & A
What’s spinal stenosis?
Spinal stenosis is a chronic condition that causes a narrowing of the spaces between the vertebrae. This narrowing puts pressure on the nerves that run down your spine, often leading to severe back pain.
Spinal stenosis usually develops in either in your neck (cervical stenosis) or lower back (lumbar stenosis) but can occur anywhere along your spine. This condition often stems from the long-term wear-and-tear that comes with aging and also correlates with osteoarthritis.
How is spinal stenosis diagnosed?
Diagnosing spinal stenosis starts with a physical exam and evaluation of your symptoms. Because spinal stenosis affects your bones, X-rays and ultrasound imaging typically reveal the condition.
For severe cases of spinal stenosis, you could require a more detailed imaging study, such as an MRI or CT scan. These tests precisely show which nerves are compressed so that you can receive targeted treatment.
Are there symptoms of spinal stenosis?
Although not all men and women who have spinal stenosis experience symptoms, many do. Widespread back pain is generally the most common complaint, although you may also experience:
- Muscle weakness
- Numbness or tingling
- Shooting or electrical sensations
These symptoms can occur in your neck, along with your back, or down into your buttocks and legs.
How is spinal stenosis treated?
With his expertise in treating pain using the most advanced, yet minimally-invasive, techniques possible, Dr. Golpariani has a proven track record of success when it comes to treating spinal stenosis.
He usually starts your treatment with steroid injections to relieve inflammation. These injections tend to improve pain within a couple of days and can last for weeks or months. You may also benefit from:
- Nerve blocks
- Epidural injections
- BOTOX® injections
- Physical therapy
Some men and women must try several types of treatments to discover what works for them. Dr. Golpariani and his warm and inviting team strive to ensure you won’t have to live another day with spinal stenosis pain.
If you know you have spinal stenosis or regularly experience unexplained back pain, schedule an evaluation at Pain Management of Long Island. Make your appointment either online or over the phone.