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.