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Spinal Stenosis

Pain Management located in Frisco, Mesquite and DeSoto, TX
Spinal Stenosis

Spinal Stenosis services offered in Frisco, Mesquite and DeSoto, TX

Spinal stenosis is a common cause of back and leg pain that worsens over time. At OmniSpine Pain Management in Frisco and Mesquite, Texas, board-certified interventional spine and pain management and physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) physician Andrew Morchower, MD, MPH, provides innovative treatments for spinal stenosis. In some cases, these treatments prevent the need for surgery. Call the office OmniSpine Pain Management nearest you today or schedule your spinal stenosis consultation online.

Spinal Stenosis Q&A

What is spinal stenosis?

Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the vertebral canal. Your spine is made up of a series of bones called vertebrae. These bones give you the ability to bend and twist your upper body. They also protect your spinal cord and are the exit point for the spinal nerves.

 

You have spinal stenosis when there’s less space in the area that protects the spinal cord. This narrowing can compress (pinch) or irritate the spinal cord or spinal nerves, causing pain.

 

Spinal stenosis can affect any part of the spine, but it’s most often seen in the cervical (neck) or lumbar (lower back) spine.

What are the symptoms of spinal stenosis?

Spinal stenosis symptoms vary, and it’s possible to have narrowing in the spine and not experience symptoms. The common symptoms of spinal stenosis include:

 

  • Lower back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Pain that radiates into the arms or legs
  • Sciatica (pain that radiates down the back on one leg)
  • Muscle weakness
  • Poor balance when walking
  • Loss of control over bladder or bowel

 

Spinal stenosis is a progressive condition, meaning it gets worse as time goes on. If you have lower back pain or spinal stenosis, schedule a consultation at OmniSpine Pain Management.

 

Dr. Morchower takes a proactive approach to pain and spine health and provides treatments that might prevent or delay the need for major back surgery.

What can I expect during a spinal stenosis consultation?

You can expect a comprehensive exam during your spinal stenosis consultation at OmniSpine Pain Management. Dr. Morchower specializes in pain and physical medicine, and he uses the physical exam, along with imaging studies, to find the exact cause of your pain.

 

OmniSpine Pain Management offers new diagnostic exams that evaluate your pain generator, helping Dr. Morchower determine the best treatment.

What are some treatments for spinal stenosis?

Dr. Morchower personalizes your spinal stenosis treatment based on the severity of your symptoms. The initial treatment focuses on restoring function and reducing pain and can include:

 

  • Physical therapy
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Epidural steroid injections (ESI)
  • Acupuncture

 

The interventional pain management physician also performs the mild® (minimally invasive lumbar decompression) procedure for lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS). The mild procedure is new and shows much promise in  preventing the need for major back surgery.

 

Dr. Morchower also uses spinal cord stimulator therapy, with and without a battery, for the treatment of spinal stenosis.

 

Call OmniSpine Pain Management today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about the newest treatments for spinal stenosis.

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