I Have Spinal Stenosis! Help!
Are you experiencing numbness or weakness in your leg, foot, arm, or hand? Do you have pain or cramping in your legs when you stand up or walk for long periods of time? You may be experiencing a condition known as spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the open spaces within your spine, which can put pressure on your spinal cord and the nerves that travel through the spine. Spinal stenosis occurs most often in the neck and lower back.
If you’ve been suffering from symptoms related to spinal stenosis, we can help—click here to contact Southwest Spine & Sports or call us today at (480) 860-8998!
While most people are born with a small spinal canal, spinal stenosis occurs when an injury reduces the amount of space even further. Common causes of spinal stenosis include:
- Overgrowth of bone – over time, wear and tear on your vertebrae can prompt the formation of bone spurs, which can grow into the spinal canal. Paget’s disease, a bone disease that usually affects adults, also can cause bone overgrowth in the spine.
- Herniated disks – your spinal discs act as shock absorbers between your vertebrae, but they tend to dry out with age. Cracks in the exterior of a disc may allow some of the soft inner material to escape, pressing on the spinal cord or nerves.
- Thickened ligaments – your vertebrae are held together by tough cords known as ligaments, but over time these can become stiff and thick. Thicker ligaments can bulge into the spinal canal.
- Tumors – abnormal growths can form inside the spinal cord, within the membranes that cover the spinal cord or in the space between the spinal cord and vertebrae.
- Spinal injuries – car accidents and other major trauma can cause dislocations or fractures of one or more vertebrae. Displaced bone from a spinal fracture may damage the contents of the spinal canal. Swelling of adjacent tissue immediately following back surgery also can put pressure on the spinal cord or nerves.
Spinal Stenosis Treatment Options
Spinal stenosis can be a painful condition that can cause numbness in the hands, feet, arms, or legs, as well as pain and soreness when standing or walking for long periods of time. Fortunately, there are a variety of treatment options available to help you minimize or eliminate your pain and help you get back to living a healthy, productive life.
At Southwest Spine & Sports, our team of specialists is highly trained in nonsurgical treatment of joint pain, nerve pain and sports injuries. Our physicians will work with you to accurately diagnose your spinal stenosis by performing a thorough history and a physical examination including a complete assessment of your musculoskeletal and neurological symptoms. After diagnostic review, you’ll received a customized nonsurgical treatment program with our caring physiatrists overseeing the healing process so you can reduce the pain and put your life back together.
Our expert physicians also specialize in the field of regenerative medicine, specifically PRP and stem cell therapy using autologous stem cells (bone marrow aspirate concentrate from a patient’s own hip bone).
PRP for Spinal Stenosis
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is a safe, effective and all natural way to heal damaged joints. PRP consists of a small sample of your own blood, spun in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets and then injected into the injured area. Medical research and intensive studies are leading the way to the tremendous benefits offered by PRP for patients suffering from pain associated with spinal stenosis, with the goal of enhancing the body’s ability to naturally heal itself.
Stem Cell Therapy for Spinal Stenosis
Stem cell therapy is another nonsurgical alternative to pain management that has been practiced since the early 1990s and uses the body’s own stem cells to treat all manner of degenerative conditions, including pain associated with spinal stenosis. Adult stem cells, collected from reservoirs in bone marrow and adipose tissue, can be transferred directly into the site of the joint or disc injury safely and effectively in an outpatient facility, without resorting to surgery. Stem cell therapy has been proven to be extremely effective and is quickly increasing in popularity among patients of all ages.
Our Pain Treatment Options
A physician from Southwest Spine and Sports will be able to tell you definitively if regenerative medicine is right for you. If it’s determined that you would benefit more from a different type of treatment, we also offer:
- Epidural Steroid Injections (ESI)
- Selective Nerve Root Blocks
- Facet Joint Injections
- Medial Branch Blocks
- Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
- Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
- Pulsed Radiofrequency Treatment
- Physical Therapy
About Southwest Spine & Sports
Southwest Spine & Sports has been helping people throughout the state of Arizona manage and eliminate their pain since 1999. Always striving to serve our patients better, we’ve been at the forefront of regenerative medicine since it’s inception and are continually working to advance our own knowledge of the practice as well as the field as a whole.
Recognized as Top Doctors by Phoenix Magazine seven years in a row, the team at Southwest Spine & Sports brings not only their unparalleled medical knowledge and skills but also genuine care and concern for each and every patient we see from all ages and walks of life. From seasoned athletes to “Weekend Warriors”, there’s no limit to who can receive regenerative medicine therapy to treat their pain.