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13INside Track learns how the Center for Pain Management treats spinal stenosis

Spinal stenosis often feels like a backache and might involve a tingling sensation.

INDIANAPOLIS, Iowa — SPONSORED STORY FROM THE CENTER FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT

Dr. Joseph C. Rutledge from the Center for Pain Management visited 13INside Track to discuss spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis is the narrowing or tightening of the spinal column. It can affect patients of all ages but is most common in patients 50 and older due to degeneration and changes in the lumbar spine. 

Spinal stenosis presents as a backache, usually when standing or walking. Patients also report numbness or tingling in the hips, buttocks, or down the legs. These symptoms are usually relieved by sitting or hunching over.

The Center for Pain Management believes in a comprehensive approach to patient care. Each patient receives a comprehensive evaluation and conservative treatments such as over-the-counter medications and physical therapy are prescribed first. After the evaluation, specialists move on to prescription medication and/or injections at the Pain Management Surgical Center. If these treatments are not effective, advanced therapies such as the MILD procedure is used. MILD stands for 

    Minimally

    Invasive

    Lumbar

    Decompression.

This procedure uses a tool about the size of the little finger to scrape out the redundant soft tissue and ligament tissue that grows as a patient ages and is part of that degenerative process. There are no stitches, no general anesthesia, no implants and no downtime.

All Medicare plans and most insurance coverage are accepted at the center. If you are having symptoms, you should get them evaluated as soon as possible. Visit IndyPain.com to read more about spinal stenosis and to schedule your consultation.

Center for Pain Management

8805 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN, Phone 317-706-7246

553E. County Line Road, Greenwood, IN, Phone 317-706-7246

3738 Landmark Dr., Lafayette, IN, Phone 765=807-2780

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