Low Back/Leg Pain Due To Spinal Stenosis

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OCEAN COUNTY – Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of your spinal canal—the area your spinal cord and nerves travels through. When this area becomes narrower, your spinal cord and nerves can get pinched and squeezed causing pain. Stenosis is easily diagnosed with our on-site X-Ray, CT Scan or MRI.

The leading cause of spinal stenosis is wear and tear on the spine due to aging. In fact, the most common direct cause of spinal stenosis is osteoarthritis, where the cartilage that cushions joints starts to degenerate due to age. Other causes of spinal stenosis are bulging discs, herniated discs, or injury to the spine.

There are many non-surgical treatment options for you as you deal with spinal stenosis. Many patients will experience relief with treatments such as acupuncture or massage, light exercise, over-the-counter NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, or physical therapy. If you have a severe case of spinal stenosis, you may benefit from steroid injection therapy. This injection puts anti-inflammatory medicine into the epidural space to decrease the inflammation of the nerve roots.

Most patients with spinal stenosis respond well to non-surgical treatments, so you may not have to have surgery. However, there are situations when you may want to go ahead with spine surgery. Surgical options may include decompression, or stabilization (spinal fusion).

No matter how long you have dealt with the symptoms of Stenosis, the doctors at GSMC can offer you multiple options for healing and relief.

Our multi-specialty medical facilities are staffed by the areas leading board certified
physicians specializing in: Neuroradiology, Pain Management, Physical Medicine &
Rehabilitation, Medication Management, and Spine Surgery. Call us today, for a comprehensive evaluation.

Garden State Medical Center is staffed with the area’s leading pain management and sports
medicine physicians. We can work with you to help take better care of your body by promoting healthy joints, staying pain free and becoming more active.

For more information, call: 732-202-3000 or visit gsmedicalcenter.org

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He is a diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology, a diplomat of the American Board of Pain Medicine and is TEE Board Certified by the National Board of Echocardiology. Dr. Mann has taught at St. Barnabas Hospital, has been published in numerous journals, and has contributed CD-ROMs for medical training. Now a Board Certified Anesthesiologist and Pain Management Specialist, Dr. Mann has dedicated his career to helping those with pain. Having a surgical background, Dr. Mann saw that there are many people who need help managing their pain. “It’s a new field,” Dr. Mann says. “It’s not like any other field and I just wanted to help people in pain.” He chose Whiting as his first location to open his practice due to the large population of senior citizens there with conditions causing acute and chronic pain. Dr. Mann succeeds in his goal of giving patients the ability to live with pain at a functional level through his comprehensive services and diagnostic capabilities. He is committed to providing patients with the most advanced and state of the art technologies and medical equipment. It was important to Dr. Mann that he build a strong staff that is highly capable and follows the mission and goals of the practice. He feels fortunate to have found such a great staff comprised of 30 professionals including five doctors, two nurse practitioners and multiple medical assistants. One of Dr. Mann’s colleagues is his wife, Dr. Sunita S. Mann, who is the practice’s Neuroradiologist. Together they have three children. Though he runs a busy practice, Dr. Mann always makes time for his family, attending his children’s sports activities and family events. Dr. Mann and his wife have struck a positive balance of home and work life, and Dr. S. Mann commends her husband’s work ethic. “He works six days a week and he loves it,” she says of her husband. “You could send him to the office all seven days and he would be completely fine because he loves what he does.” “If I could help somebody and they come back to see me and say, ‘thank you doctor,’ that makes my day,” Dr. Mann says. “If we change their life and put a smile on their face…that’s the main thing.”