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Spinal Stenosis Specialist

Gramercy Pain Center -  - Board Certified Interventional Pain Medicine

Gramercy Pain Center

Board Certified Interventional Pain Medicine located in Holmdel, Red Bank & Montclair, NJ

Spinal stenosis affects the space within your spine, which may irritate or compress the spinal cord or nerves. Though not everyone with spinal stenosis has pain, those that do may experience a worsening of their symptoms over time. Board-certified interventional pain management physicians Ajay Varma, MD, DABA, DABAPM, and Ali Valimahomed, MD, at Gramercy Pain Center in Holmdel, Red Bank and Montclair, New Jersey, specialize in the treatment of spinal stenosis symptoms. To schedule a consultation, call the office or book online today.

Spinal Stenosis Q & A

What is spinal stenosis?

Spinal stenosis occurs when the bony openings within your spine narrow, limiting space for your nerve roots and spinal cord. Over time, the narrowing may worsen and compress the spinal cord or nerves, causing pain.

You can develop spinal stenosis in any part of your spine, but it most often occurs in the cervical (neck) or lumbar (lower back) spine. 

Though some people are born with a narrow spinal canal, spinal stenosis most often occurs from structural changes in the spine, such as herniated or bulging discs, degenerative disc disease, arthritis, or a spinal injury.

What are the symptoms of spinal stenosis?

Spinal stenosis symptoms vary and usually start out mild and worsen over time. With spinal stenosis, you may experience:

  • Back or neck pain
  • Pain that radiates to your arms or legs
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Muscle weakness
  • Difficulty walking or maintaining balance

Not everyone with spinal stenosis develops symptoms. 

Who needs interventional pain management for spinal stenosis?

If you’re experiencing any symptoms of spinal stenosis, you may benefit from interventional pain management. 

Gramercy Pain Center takes an integrated approach to care. Your provider combines various therapies and medications with minimally invasive interventional pain management procedures to alleviate your symptoms and improve your quality of life. 

During the evaluation, your interventional pain management specialist asks detailed questions about your symptoms, medical history, and completes a physical exam. 

They may also perform various diagnostic tests to better understand the root cause of your pain, such as X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, or nerve conduction studies. 

How is spinal stenosis treated?

Gramercy Pain Center tailors your spinal stenosis treatment plan based on the location of the narrowing, the severity of your symptoms, and your medical history. 

Your treatment plan may include:

  • Physical therapy
  • A home exercise program
  • Medications
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Nerve blocks
  • Selective nerve root blocks
  • Facet joint injections
  • Discography
  • Disc decompression
  • Vertiflex™ Procedure
  • Cryoablation
  • Rhizotomy (radiofrequency ablation)
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Peripheral nerve stimulation

If your symptoms fail to improve, your provider at Gramercy Pain Center may recommend surgical intervention to open the space in your spine and relieve the pressure.  

To schedule your spinal stenosis consultation at Gramercy Pain Center, call the office, or book an appointment using the online scheduling tool.