Spinal Stenosis Specialist

BCT Medical Associates

Pain and Perioperative Practice located in South Plainfield, NJ

Since there’s no cure for spinal stenosis, the narrowing of the spine, it’s essential to treat the disease right away to prevent further damage. The experts at BCT Medical Associates can make an accurate spinal stenosis diagnosis if you’re having pain in your back. With a specialty in pain management, Bao Chau Tran, MD, works with you to create a proactive treatment to reduce pain and maintain mobility. If you’re looking for a doctor who specializes in spinal stenosis pain in the South Plainfield and surrounding central New Jersey areas, book an appointment with Dr. Tran online or by phone.

Spinal Stenosis Q & A

What is Spinal Stenosis?

Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal. The spinal cord runs down from the brain through the space created between the spine’s vertebrae and discs. Spinal stenosis is a condition in which the spinal canal narrows as the space between the vertebrae compresses. When the spinal canal pinches the spinal cord or neighboring nerves, it causes significant pain for some people.

Symptoms of spinal stenosis include:

  • Stiffness, numbness, or pain in the back or torso
  • Tingling or numbness that radiates into the buttocks, legs, or arms
  • Leg weakness that causes foot drop
  • Weakened bladder or bowel

What Causes Spinal Stenosis?

Spine deterioration is often related to the effects of aging, but specific factors seem to contribute to the narrowing of the spine including:

  • Arthritis: causes cartilage between bones to break down
  • Herniated disc: the discs can press on your spinal cord
  • Injury: fractures or inflammation can affect the spinal cord
  • Tumors: growth may press on the spinal cord
  • Paget’s disease: may cause the vertebrae to grow and the spinal canal to narrow  

How Do You Treat Spinal Stenosis?

Exercise keeps the supporting structures around your spine healthy. With the help of a physical therapist, Dr. Tran can help you regain strength and mobility. He can also provide you with assistive devices and ergonomic training to be able to exercise or perform daily activities.

Over-the-counter pain relievers may bring temporary relief for occasional pain. If Dr. Tran determines that muscle spasms contribute to your pain, he may prescribe muscle relaxers or anti-seizure drugs. Dr. Tran can coordinate your chiropractic adjustments and physical therapy with trusted clinicians to help manage your pain.

If those therapies don’t help, Dr. Tran may suggest occasional corticosteroid injections or nerve block anesthetics to reduce pain and inflammation. For the most severe, unresponsive cases of spinal stenosis that interfere with basic movement or bladder function, Dr. Tran may suggest surgery to create space between the vertebrae with trusted spine surgeons to give you a better outcome.

A spinal stenosis diagnosis doesn’t have to keep you from enjoying your favorite activities. Set up an appointment with Dr. Tran online or by phone to regain your livelihood.

What we offer

Pain Management Services