Arachnoiditis Treatment Specialist Serving DFW, Frisco, and Mesquite TX
Arachnoiditis is a condition caused by arachnoid inflammation. One of the membranes that envelop and shields the nerves of the spinal cord is the arachnoid. Inflammation of the arachnoid can result from Chemical irritation. Dr. Andrew Morchower offers arachnoiditis treatment at OmniSpine Pain Management Clinic. If you’ve been diagnosed with arachnoiditis and are looking for an effective pain management strategy, contact us at OmniSpine Pain Management or book in online to schedule an appointment. Our knowledgeable and experienced team would be happy to connect with you to discuss your arachnoiditis treatment options at your earliest convenience. You can visit us at our clinics located in Frisco, TX, and Mesquite, TX.
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Arachnoiditis is a rare and serious medical condition that affects the arachnoid layer of the meninges that surround the brain and spinal cord. This condition is often caused by inflammation or irritation of the arachnoid layer due to a number of factors, including trauma, infection, or exposure to toxic substances, and typically requires the expertise of a medical professional to manage and treat.
Arachnoiditis is a medical condition that affects the arachnoid lining, one of the three layers that surround the brain and spinal cord, particularly when it becomes inflamed or scarred. This arachnoid layer is important as it contains cerebrospinal fluid and small blood vessels that supply oxygen and nutrients to tissues in the body.
When this layer flares up or becomes scarred, it can lead to the development of cysts or adhesions; both of which put pressure on nerves that travel throughout the spinal cord. The result will vary from person to person but symptoms often include chronic pain in the back, legs, or arms, muscle weakness or spasms, sensory disturbances, and bladder or bowel dysfunction. Some people may also have trouble walking or standing for extended periods of time.
While the exact etiology of arachnoiditis isn’t clear, there are numerous factors that may contribute to its development.
The leading cause is believed to be damage to the spinal cord, caused by traumatic injury, viral, fungal, and/or bacterial infections, and invasive spinal procedures.
Another suspected cause of arachnoiditis is exposure to certain chemicals or drugs, especially ones containing steroids. Additionally, exposure to hazardous chemicals such as pesticides, sodium salts, and industrial solvents may also trigger this condition.
Lastly, autoimmune disorders, such as Lupus and Multiple Sclerosis, may also make a person more susceptible to developing arachnoiditis.
The onset of arachnoiditis symptoms can vary depending on the underlying cause. In some instances, symptoms may appear gradually over time, while in others, they may appear suddenly and without warning.
The symptoms associated with his condition can also vary depending on the exact location of the inflammation and scarring on the spinal cord.
The most common symptoms experienced by patients who struggle with arachnoiditis include chronic back pain, stiffness, muscle weakness, tingling or numbness in the affected area, as well as shooting pain that radiates down the legs, and bladder and bowel dysfunction.
While arachnoiditis can affect anyone without notable cause, certain individuals may be at a higher risk for developing the condition. Some potential risk factors that escalate your risk of developing this condition are:
• Previous spinal surgery. Those with a history of spinal surgery are at a higher risk for developing arachnoiditis as surgical procedures can cause damage to the arachnoid layer, leading to inflammation and scar tissue formation.
• Traumatic injury. Trauma to the spine, such as from a car accident or serious fall, can cause inflammation and damage to the arachnoid layer.
• Infection. Certain types of bacterial, fungal, and viral infections, such as meningitis or tuberculosis, can cause inflammation and scarring in the arachnoid area.
• Exposure to toxic substances. Exposure to certain toxic substances, such as heavy metals or certain medications, can trigger inflammation and damage which makes you more susceptible to developing arachnoiditis.
While some people may be at a higher risk for developing arachnoiditis, this condition can still occur without any identifiable risk factors. That’s why it’s important to get in touch with an experienced specialist if you’re experiencing symptoms that may be indicative of this condition. At OmniSpine Pain Management, our experienced team of specialists would be happy to discuss your arachnoiditis treatment options with you. Contact us today for more information about our pain management services or book online an appointment at your earliest convenience. You can visit us at our clinics located in Frisco, and Mesquite, TX. We also serve our patients from Frisco TX, Mesquite TX, Desoto TX, Dallas TX, Plano TX, Garland TX, and Denton TX.