Using Spinal Injections for the Treatment of Spinal Stenosis

 

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Spinal Stenosis
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Dr. Ilyas Munshi is currently a neurosurgeon in Lafayette, Louisiana. He focuses on the treatment of brain and spine complications. As part of his practice, Dr. Ilyas Munshi uses spinal injections to treat his patients.

A spinal injection is a combination of a local anesthetic pain relief medicine and corticosteroid. A corticosteroid is a strong anti-inflammatory medication. The local anesthetic medication will provide pain relief immediately. The spinal injection will be injected in the space around the nerve roots and spinal cord. An injection is usually used when the symptoms are coming from spinal stenosis, and other nonsurgical treatments aren’t working the way they should to take care of the pain.

Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of open spaces within the spine and it can put pressure on the spinal cord, as well as the nerves that travel throughout the spine to the legs and arms. Spinal stenosis usually appears in the neck and lower back. Lumbar spinal stenosis can cause pain that comes from the lower spine and goes down to the legs and hips. The injections may relieve pain for 2-3 weeks. The injections will help manage pain, but will not cure spinal stenosis.