23 Mar Do you have Spinal Stenosis?
Spinal Stenosis is a condition in which the spinal column narrows causing pressure on the spinal cord, or the spinal nerves leaving the spinal column are pinched by narrow openings. This can affect the back, legs, arms, neck or buttocks. Causes of spinal stenosis may be arthritis, degeneration of the discs, a herniated or slipped disk, an injury, or a tumor. Symptoms of spinal stenosis may include pain, cramping, numbness or weakness of the back, legs, arms, neck or buttocks. Standing or walking usually triggers the symptoms or makes them worse, while sitting or leaning forward may relieve the symptoms. Spinal stenosis symptoms may also include poor balance when walking or problems with urination or bowel movements. To test for spinal stenosis, Illinois Pain Institute (IPI) physicians will evaluate a patients movement by asking them to sit, stand and walk, bend forwards, backwards and sideways, and lift your legs up while laying down to see if the pain worsens. IPI physicians may also perform an EMG to assess weakness or decreased sensations. The IPI physicians may also order a MRI or CT scan. After the evaluation, your Illinois Pain Institute physician will determine the best treatment plan for you.
If you are experiencing any symptoms listed above, contact one of our physicians at Illinois Pain Institute for a consultation at 847-289-8822. You can also schedule an appointment here.