Spinal Stenosis Specialist

Kasra Amirdelfan, M.D. -  - Interventional Pain Management Specialist

Kasra Amirdelfan, M.D.

Interventional Pain Management Specialist located in Walnut Creek, CA

As you enter your 50s, your spine begins undergoing degenerative changes that can lead to painful conditions such as spinal stenosis. Kasra Amirdelfan, MD, is a leader in pain management and understands how debilitating spinal stenosis pain can be. At his practice in Walnut Creek, California, Dr. Amirdelfan officers nonsurgical pain relief options like minimally invasive epidural injections to address the root cause of your pain. Find out which spinal stenosis treatment is right for you by calling the office or booking an appointment online today.

Spinal Stenosis Q & A

What is spinal stenosis?

Spinal stenosis is a condition that causes your spinal canal to narrow and press on your spinal cord and nerve roots.

A primary cause of spinal stenosis is osteoarthritis, a condition that causes deterioration in your vertebrae. You can also develop this condition due to:

  • Aging
  • Injury
  • Bulging discs
  • Thickening of ligaments in your back

Spinal stenosis usually develops gradually, and you may not even know you have it until symptoms worsen over time.

What are the symptoms of spinal stenosis?

As pressure increases on your spinal nerves, you may experience persistent pain in your back, which can radiate into your legs, arms, shoulders, and neck.

Other common symptoms of spinal stenosis include:

  • Cramping
  • Weakness
  • Numbness

In advanced spinal stenosis, you can experience changes in your bladder, bowel, and sexual function. As pain and symptoms get worse, you may lose range of motion in your back and find it difficult to walk or sit without intense pain.

How is spinal stenosis diagnosed?

During your evaluation, Dr. Amirdelfan reviews your medical history and symptoms. He can often determine if you have spinal stenosis based on the location of your pain, and he may use imaging tests to rule out other conditions and confirm a narrowing in your spinal canal.

Imaging tests may include:

  • MRI
  • X-ray
  • CT scan

Dr. Amirdelfan also performs a physical evaluation of your spine, checking your range of motion and identifying areas of pain or numbness.

What treatments are available for spinal stenosis?

As a world-renowned pain management specialist, Dr. Amirdelfan focuses on providing long-term pain relief and increasing mobility in your spine.

Over-the-counter pain relievers can keep you comfortable, or Dr. Amirdelfan may prescribe anti-inflammatories to reduce inflammation that may be irritating your nerves.

If medications aren’t enough to improve your quality of life, Dr. Amirdelfan can provide epidural injections, which contain corticosteroid medications and a local anesthetic. By directly injecting these medications into the epidural space of your spinal canal, you can enjoy long-term pain relief lasting weeks or months.

In addition to these therapies, Dr. Amirdelfan may recommend physical therapy and at-home exercises to strengthen the muscles that support your spine and ease compression on the spinal nerves.

If you’re struggling to stay active because of chronic spinal stenosis pain, learn more about the nonsurgical solutions Dr. Amirdelfan offers for effective pain relief. Schedule an appointment at the office of Dr. Kasra Amirdelfan online or by phone today.