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Spinal Stenosis

What your doctor in San Antonio wants you to know

Spinal stenosis is a condition caused by narrowing of the spaces in between vertebrae due to aging, wear-and-tear, arthritis, a spinal injury or other conditions. The compression of vertebrae can impair nerve function to extremities and other parts of the body. It is most common in people over 50 years old.

Dr. Prafulla Singh at Pain Specialty Consultants wants you to know more about spinal stenosis and available treatments. He has two convenient office locations in San Antonio, TX, to serve you.

If spinal stenosis affects the neck, it can cause:

  • Tingling, weakness or numbness in the legs, feet, arms or hands
  • Difficulty with balance and walking
  • Incontinence

If spinal stenosis affects the lower back, it can cause:

  • Cramping and pain in your legs
  • Difficulty standing for an extended period of time
  • Difficulty walking

You can try a few simple tips at home to relieve the symptoms of spinal stenosis. You can:

  • Take over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen and naproxen
  • Apply ice and heat to your spine in the affected area
  • Maintain a healthy weight to prevent stress on your spine
  • Use a cane or a walker to help relieve pain and stress on your spine

There are many effective professional treatments for spinal stenosis. Dr. Singh may suggest a medication regimen including:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications to reduce swelling
  • Muscle relaxants to reduce muscle spasms
  • Antidepressants to help with chronic pain
  • Anti-seizure medications to reduce nerve pain
  • Prescription strength pain medication

In addition to medication, there are other ways to relieve the symptoms of spinal stenosis including:

  • Physical therapy to improve flexibility, increase strength and balance
  • Steroid injections to reduce swelling and inflammation
  • Surgical treatment to increase the space between the vertebrae and decrease pressure on the nerves

Dr. Singh can help relieve your chronic pain due to spinal stenosis and other conditions. Chronic pain and loss of flexibility can dramatically affect your quality of life. It’s time to take control of your pain and call Dr. Singh at Pain Specialty Consultants in San Antonio, TX. Call today to find out more about spinal stenosis treatment.

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