Spinal Stenosis Specialist

Comprehensive Pain Management Center

Pain Management located in Thousand Oaks, Oxnard, & Santa Clarita, CA

Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the space in your spinal canal. Not everyone with spinal stenosis has symptoms, but when they occur, they tend to worsen over time. Comprehensive Pain Management Center specializes in diagnosing and treating pain conditions like spinal stenosis. The practice offers traditional and complementary treatments, as well as cutting-edge care. Call the office in Thousand Oaks, Oxnard, or Santa Clarita, California, or book an appointment online today.

Spinal Stenosis Q & A

What is spinal stenosis?

Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the space in your spine. This means there’s less room for your spinal cord and the spinal nerves that branch out of your spine to the rest of your body. 

The lack of space may cause irritation, compression, or pinching of your spinal cord or spinal nerves, leading to pain, numbness, burning, or weakness. 

Spinal stenosis affects people of all ages, but it’s more common in older adults because of the degenerative changes that occur in the spine as you age. 

What are the symptoms of spinal stenosis?

It’s possible to have spinal stenosis and not have any symptoms. You may develop symptoms if the narrowing irritates or compresses your nerves or your narrowing leads to a herniated disc. 

Common symptoms of spinal stenosis include:

  • Back pain or neck pain
  • Pain that radiates into your arms, upper back, or legs
  • Burning, numbness, or tingling sensations
  • Muscle weakness
  • Loss of control over bladder or bowel

The narrowing may affect any part of your spine but most often occurs in the lumbar spine (lower back) and neck (cervical spine). 

If you have these symptoms and suspect spinal stenosis or some other problem involving your spine, the experts at Comprehensive Pain Management Center can help. 

What happens during a spinal stenosis evaluation?

When you visit Comprehensive Pain Management Center for a spinal stenosis evaluation, you can expect a thorough exam. Taking an integrative and holistic approach to care, the practice focuses on your whole health, not merely your symptoms.

Your provider asks detailed questions about your symptoms and how they affect your physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. They perform a physical exam to look for tenderness and test your range of motion.

Your provider also runs imaging tests, such as a CT scan or MRI, to find the location of your stenosis and the severity of the narrowing. 

How is spinal stenosis treated?

Your provider at Comprehensive Pain Management Center creates an individualized treatment plan for your spinal stenosis based on the severity of your symptoms and overall health.

The practice combines cutting-edge technology with traditional and complementary treatments to ensure you get the best care for your pain condition

Treatment for spinal stenosis may include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Beta blockers (membrane-stabilizing drugs)
  • On-site physical therapy
  • Epidural injections
  • Percutaneous adhesiolysis (removal of scar tissue in epidural space)
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Acupuncture

In severe cases, your provider may recommend spine surgery to ease your symptoms.

For expert care of your spinal stenosis, call Comprehensive Pain Management Center or schedule a consultation using the online booking button.