Spinal Stenosis Specialist

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Spinal Stenosis services offered in Newark and Milford, DE

About 500,000 adults in the United States have persistent pain and other symptoms of spinal stenosis. At Mid Atlantic Spine and Pain, the specialists offer X-rays and other diagnostic testing on-site to confirm spinal stenosis. They also offer a variety of nonsurgical treatments, including steroid injections and spinal cord stimulation, to manage spinal stenosis pain and other symptoms more efficiently. Call the office in Milford or Newark, Delaware, today to schedule a spinal stenosis consultation or book an appointment online. 

Q & A

What is spinal stenosis?

Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spaces in your spine. This condition most often affects your lower (lumbar) spine and cervical (neck) spine.

As the spaces between your spine narrow, it can put pressure on your surrounding nerves. This can lead to pain and other symptoms that affect your mobility and quality of life.

In some cases, people born with a small spinal canal can develop spinal stenosis symptoms at some point in life. You might also be prone to spinal stenosis because of issues like:

  • Tumors
  • Trauma
  • Bone spurs
  • Herniated discs
  • Spine fractures
  • Thickened ligaments

As you get older, degenerative changes in your spine can lead to spinal stenosis, especially after age 50.

When should I seek treatment for spinal stenosis?

You should schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Mid Atlantic Spine and Pain if you have symptoms of spinal stenosis that you can no longer treat at home. These symptoms can include:

  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Leg cramping
  • Muscle weakness
  • Tingling or numbness in your extremities

In severe cases, spinal stenosis can lead to dysfunction in your bladder or bowels and cause incontinence issues.

The Mid Atlantic Spine and Pain providers offer on-site diagnostic testing to identify narrowed areas of your spine. They perform a physical exam and may order X-rays, a computerized tomography (CT) scan, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Based on the results of your testing, the providers create a treatment plan to relieve your pain and improve the health of your spine.

How is spinal stenosis treated?

Your treatment plan for spinal stenosis depends on the type of symptoms you have and their severity.

Initially, the Mid Atlantic Spine and Pain providers may recommend prescription medications to reduce inflammation and ease pain. You may also benefit from physical therapy to strengthen the muscles that support your spine.

Other treatment options for spinal stenosis include:

Steroid injections

If oral medications aren’t working, the pain management specialists can provide steroid injections to reduce inflammation.

Spinal cord stimulation

When your pain is chronic, you might be a candidate for spinal cord stimulation. This process involves surgery to implant a stimulator device into your body. 

The device connects to lead wires that deliver pulses of electrical energy to disrupt pain signals from traveling to your brain. You control the stimulator with an external remote whenever you feel pain.

To find out more about the available treatment options for spinal stenosis pain, call the Mid Atlantic Spine and Pain office nearest you, or book an appointment online today.

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