Could tingling in your arms and legs be due to spinal stenosis?
Has our San Antonio, TX, pain management specialist, Dr. Prafulla Singh, recently diagnosed you with spinal stenosis? This condition, which often strikes adults as they get older, causes the canals within the spine to become constricted. This, in turn, puts pressure on the spinal cords, which can lead to pain, numbness or tingling in the extremities.
Not sure if you have spinal stenosis? You may be suffering from lumbar spinal stenosis if you have sciatic pain (pain in the legs), leg pain that happens when moving around, or numbness or weakness in either the butt or the legs.
On the other hand, you may be dealing with cervical spinal stenosis if you have any pain, tingling, weakness or numbness in the arms, hands, neck or shoulders. In severe cases, someone with spinal stenosis may not be able to walk or stand, or they may lose bladder control. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you need to visit our San Antonio pain specialist right away.
Symptoms very rarely come about suddenly but usually show up over time. The pain may be constant or you may find that your pain comes and goes. Sometimes pain is more likely to appear during certain physical activities. You may find that lying or sitting down relieves this pain.
How is spinal stenosis treated?
How your spinal stenosis is treated will really depend on the location of the issue and the severity of the problem. In most cases, spinal stenosis will be treated through simple, nonsurgical options such as over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen or prescription medications, regular exercise, stretching and strengthening exercises, ergonomic lifestyle changes, weight loss, steroid injections, and physical therapy.
Those with severe cases of spinal stenosis, particularly those who have experienced a loss of bladder control or are unable to walk, will require surgery to repair the spine.
If you are dealing with pain, tingling, weakness or numbness anywhere in the body, it’s time you turned to the medical experts at Pain Specialty Consultants in San Antonio, TX for some answers. Book an appointment with us today.