A certified anesthesiologist and pain management physician, Daniel Batlan, MD, leads his own pain management clinic with locations in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV. At Specialized Pain Management, Dr. Daniel Batlan treats a wide range of conditions, including spinal stenosis, which causes bone channels within the spine to narrow.
The narrowed spaces can put pressure on nerves traveling through the spine, resulting in pain, tingling, numbness, and muscle weakness. Some patients may not experience symptoms, although most will develop them as part of the aging process, and symptoms usually worsen over time.
Spinal stenosis may occur due to a variety of factors and usually affects people older than 50. Conditions such as herniated disks, arthritis, osteoarthritis, and thickened ligaments may cause damage to the spinal canal that results in spinal stenosis. Younger individuals who suffer spinal injuries also have an increased risk of developing it.
Spinal stenosis comes in two forms, depending on the location it affects: cervical stenosis when it develops near the neck and lumbar stenosis when it affects the lower back. In addition to general symptoms of pain and muscle weakness, other symptoms may manifest according to type. Patients with cervical stenosis may have problems with walking or balance, and patients with lumbar stenosis may experience pain or cramping in the legs while walking or after standing for long periods of time.
Treatment options vary depending on location and the severity of symptoms. Patients with mild symptoms may take medication and undergo physical therapy to manage pain, maintain spine flexibility, and build endurance. More severe cases can require steroid injections or surgical interference to relieve pressure on the spine and address disability that occurs as a result of stenosis.
Dr. Daniel Batlan stands out as the founder and medical director of Specialized Pain Management (SPM), a practice in Henderson, Nevada, near Las Vegas, NV. Dr. Daniel Batlan and his team offer traditional and advanced treatments for fibromyalgia and other painful conditions.
Fibromyalgia, the second most prevalent musculoskeletal condition diagnosed today, features widespread pain and specific points of tenderness in the body, along with extreme fatigue, sleep disturbances, and depression or anxiety. Fibromyalgia is 10 times more common in women than in men, and most of the women who show symptoms are between the ages of 25 and 60.
Many patients with fibromyalgia report feeling as though they have strained or overworked their muscles, even when there has been no exertion. Patients may also report a twitching, stabbing, or burning muscle pain. The joints of the spine, shoulders, and hips may also be painful, while the extremities may tingle or become numb.
Secondary symptoms of fibromyalgia include headaches, abdominal pain, and an irritable bowel. Patients may also experience difficulty concentrating, extreme sensitivity to temperature, and dryness in the eyes, nose, and mouth.
This diverse set of symptoms is difficult for medical professionals to treat. A standard treatment regimen addresses the pain, often with serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors or nerve pain drugs. Antidepressants may also treat physical discomfort, while simultaneously addressing the mood disturbances that patients often experience.
An MD and the founder and medical director of Specialized Pain Management, Dr. Daniel Batlan provides Las Vegas and Henderson, NV, patients treatment for conditions involving chronic and acute pain. Among the disorders Dr. Daniel Batlan has extensive experience treating in his Nevada patients are herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and muscle spasm pain.
Back pain is something that affects 80 percent of people in America at some time in their lives, with back spasms one of the most common conditions. Typically treatable without surgery, the condition can extend beyond mild discomfort to include severe pain. Causes include tendon, muscle, and ligament strain, with sports such as golf and football often associated with back spasms. They are also associated with arthritis, which creates spinal cord pressure that ultimately causes pain spanning the back and legs.
Treatments for lower back spasms caused by stressful activities include alternating heat and ice on the back, which improves circulation and reduces inflammation. In addition, chiropractic care and physical therapy may have a positive impact, and muscle relaxants and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are often prescribed.