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Spinal Stenosis Specialist

Jacqueline Weisbein, DO -  - Pain Management Specialist

Jacqueline Weisbein, DO

Pain Management Specialist located in Napa, CA

If neck or back pain, numbness, cramping, or weakness associated with spinal stenosis negatively affects your everyday life, you don’t have to live with discomfort. At Napa Valley Orthopedic Medical Group in Napa, California, Jacqueline Weisbein, DO and her expert pain management team offer innovative, advanced treatments to relieve chronic pain and improve your quality of life. At the first sign of long-lasting or severe pain, schedule an appointment with Dr. Weisbein by phone or using the online booking tool.

Spinal Stenosis Q & A

What is spinal stenosis?

Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of your spinal canal or space around your spinal cord. It can place pressure on spinal nerves, leading to low back or neck pain. Spinal stenosis often results from wear and tear of your spine associated with osteoarthritis. Dr. Weisbein and her team offer conservative and surgical solutions to give you long-lasting relief from spinal stenosis.

What are the symptoms of spinal stenosis?

Not everyone with spinal stenosis experiences symptoms. If you do, you may notice:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Numbness or tingling in your limbs
  • Walking or balance problems
  • Weakness
  • Cramping in one or both of your legs

Spinal stenosis symptoms vary from person to person. If your pain is severe or lasts more than a few days, see Dr. Weisbein and her expert pain management team for an evaluation.

What are the risk factors for spinal stenosis?

There are numerous causes of spinal stenosis, including thickened ligaments, bone overgrowth, herniated discs, tumors, or spinal injuries. Factors that increase your risk of developing spinal stenosis include:

  • Being over age 50
  • Trauma
  • Scoliosis or other spinal deformities
  • Certain genetic diseases

Complications of spinal stenosis, if left untreated, include balance problems, incontinence, and paralysis in some cases.

How is spinal stenosis diagnosed?

To diagnose spinal stenosis, Dr. Weisbein reviews your medical history and symptoms. She completes an exam and may use X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, or other imaging procedures to find out what’s going on and determine which treatment is right for you.

What is the treatment for spinal stenosis?

To treat discomfort associated with spinal stenosis, Dr. Weisbein may recommend one or more of the following pain management treatments:

Physical therapy

Physical therapy helps strengthen and stretch tissues near your spine to reduce pain associated with spinal stenosis and prevent future injuries.

Injections

Steroid injections can help reduce inflammation and relieve pain in areas of a pinched nerve. Dr. Weisbein might recommend a series of shots to help you achieve the most desirable outcome.

Spinal decompression

During spinal decompression, Dr. Weisbein removes part of thickened ligaments within your spine using needle-like instruments. Doing so widens your spinal canal to offer pain relief.

Minimally invasive surgery

 Examples of these surgeries include the Vertiflex Procedure and the Mild Procedure. Depending on your medical history and physical exam, Dr. Weisbein may recommend one of these surgeries for you.

Before your minimally invasive surgery, you receive anesthesia, so you don’t feel any pain. Dr. Weisbein uses various surgical techniques to create more space in your spinal canal for long-lasting relief.

Don’t live with spinal stenosis pain when numerous pain management solutions are available at Napa Valley Orthopedic Medical Group. Schedule an appointment by phone or by using the online booking tool today.