Pain Management OKC: Could your pain be being caused by Spinal Stenosis?
Spinal Stenosis occurs when your spinal canal narrows and begins to put pressure on the nerves in your spine. Often this is caused by Osteoarthritis in the spine. People with spinal stenosis often experience pain in there lower back and legs after walking. This pain usually subsides after sitting for awhile. You may also experience other symptoms like cramping, numbness, or general weakness in the legs. People over the age of 50 are at risk for this condition. With woman being more at risk than men. So what can you do about it? Pain Management OKC has some answers.
Firstly, it’s important to go to a doctor and confirm that the pain your feeling is, in fact, Spinal Stenosis and not pain from another source like arthritis. Knowing what exactly is causing you pain is critical to proper treatment. Spinal Stenosis can be diagnosed by looking at physical history and X-Rays. You may also have an EMG performed to check the nerves in your legs. After confirmation what treatment options are available?
Should all other options fail, they’re are surgeries that can be performed. But this is almost never needed. Exercise is important to maintaining the strength of your spine and helping to manage the pain caused by this condition. You may be referred to a physical therapist to help you design a workout that helps to best manage your pain. If your in too much pain to exercise, you may first be put on Flexion-based training and then slowly work your way up to walking, running, or swimming for 30 minutes a day, 3 times a week.
If you need help managing your pain caused by Spinal Stenosis or any other kind of pain give Blake Christensen, Pain Management OKC, a call today at 405 751 0011!