Spinal stenosis is a degenerative condition in which the area around your spine narrows, irritating the nerves in the area. Spinal stenosis most often occurs in your lower back but can happen anywhere on your spine.
Spinal stenosis progresses with time and usually causes symptoms in people 50 and older.
Spinal stenosis is often a result of osteoarthritis, a wear-and-tear condition in which the cushiony cartilage that protects your joints wears away, leading to painful compression and irritation.
Other causes of spinal stenosis include:
If you’re suffering pain due to spinal stenosis, the team at Pain Specialists of Oregon can help — regardless of the cause.
Spinal stenosis can cause a number of uncomfortable symptoms, including:
If spinal stenosis goes untreated, it can lead to serious complications like bladder or bowel dysfunction.
The team at Pain Specialists of Oregon customizes your treatment plan depending on where you’re experiencing spinal stenosis.
They offer the FDA-approved Vertiflex® procedure for patients suffering from lumbar (lower back) spinal stenosis. This minimally invasive, outpatient procedure places a small spacer inside your spine to help preserve space and relieve pressure on your nerves.
The procedure offers long-term relief from leg and back pain associated with lumbar spinal stenosis. The Vertiflex procedure can be reversed, so you can take advantage of other treatments if needed.
Other treatments for spinal stenosis include pain medications, decompression, physical therapy, and steroid injections. Surgery may be recommended if Vertiflex and other minimally invasive treatments fail to relieve your pain.
If you’re suffering symptoms associated with spinal stenosis, come see the interventional pain team at Pain Specialists of Oregon. Use the online tool to set up an appointment, or call the office today.