Spinal Stenosis

Ajit Pai, M.D. -  - Interventional Spine & Pain Specialist

Pain Management Group, LLC

Ajit Pai, M.D.

Interventional Spine & Pain Specialist located in Mishawaka, IN

Spinal stenosis, or narrowing of your spinal column, can contribute to widespread pain in your back and extremities. If you experience numbness, burning, or tingling, it’s time to see board-certified pain management specialist Ajit Pai, MD, FIPP, of Pain Management Group, LLC. Dr. Pai and his caring Mishawaka, Indiana-based team can treat your spinal stenosis and minimize any discomfort you feel. Book your spinal stenosis evaluation online or over the phone.

Spinal Stenosis Q & A

What causes spinal stenosis?

Spinal stenosis occurs when the normal spaces you have in your spine start becoming too narrow. This puts excessive pressure and stress on your nerves that are spread throughout your spine. Spinal stenosis occurs because of:

  • Wear-and-tear, such as osteoarthritis
  • Herniated or bulged discs
  • Spinal injuries
  • Genetic deformity
  • Thickened ligaments

While you can develop spinal stenosis at any age, it most commonly affects men and women over age 50.  

Are there symptoms of spinal stenosis?

You usually develop spinal stenosis in your neck (cervical stenosis), or in your lower back (lumbar stenosis) — sometimes both. But you can certainly have narrowing anywhere along your spine. Symptoms vary depending on where you have spinal narrowing and can include:

  • Cramping with walking or sitting
  • Numbness or tingling in your extremities
  • Arm or leg weakness
  • Neck or back pain

If left untreated, spinal stenosis can grow so severe that you start experiencing loss of control of your bowels or bladder, too. Before your case of spinal stenosis worsens, start your treatment plan with Dr. Pai at Pain Management Group, LLC.

How is spinal stenosis treated?

Dr. Pai carefully evaluates your spine and designs a treatment plan based on your specific condition, as well as your pain level. Your spinal stenosis treatment plan can include:

  • Epidural steroid injections (ESI)
  • Pain-relieving medications
  • Stretches and physical therapy

You may also benefit from the revolutionary mild® procedure. The mild approach — used for lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) — involves making a very small incision and using live imaging to remove bone and ligament tissues. This helps restore space in your spinal canal so that you won’t have so much pressure on your nerves.

Dr. Pai is one of the few practitioners in Mishawaka, Indiana, who offers the mild procedure. Because he had to undergo extensive training to gain experience with this cutting-edge technique, you can feel confident that the procedure is entirely safe and highly successful.

The skilled team at Pain Management Group, LLC offers the most advanced spinal stenosis solutions. Get started on your treatment by requesting an appointment online, or by calling the clinic.