Spinal Stenosis Specialist

Edwin F. Barry, DC, DABCO -  - Pain Management Physician

Avalon Laser Therapy

Edwin F. Barry, DC, DABCO

Pain Management Physician & Laser Therapy Specialist located in Voorhees, NJ

Patients from the Greater Philadelphia area and the communities surrounding Voorhees, New Jersey who have spinal stenosis will benefit from laser therapy treatments from Dr. Barry at Avalon Laser Therapy.

Spinal Stenosis Q & A

What is Spinal Stenosis?

Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the small openings in the bones of the spine including the sacrum and the vertebrae. These small openings allow the nerves from the spine to travel away from the back and through the body. When these openings begin to narrow, it provides less room for the nerves to pass through. If the openings are too small, it can cause irritation to the nerves and eventually wear away the delicate sheath that protects them. This causes actual damage to the nerves and prevents them from healing naturally. Often associated with spinal stenosis are disc bulging, protrusions, and herniations, which may exacerbate the adverse effects on the nerves. Dr. Barry uses an innovative approach combining the effects of laser therapy with a traction therapy known as decompression therapy which has been found to be one of the most effective treatments for this condition, allowing patients to recover fully without using opioid medication and avoiding possible surgery.

What are the Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis?

Spinal stenosis is when the openings of the vertebrae and the sacrum begin to narrow. As the stenosis begins to become more pronounced, the narrowed openings will start to irritate the nerves that pass through them. When the myelin sheath that protects the nerves has worn through, tingling, numbness, muscle weakness, and cramps are common symptoms. When stenosis results in neuropathy, the symptoms become quite severe and run the length of the arm or leg. As the nerve damage extends outward to towards the extremities, it also returns to the spine, causing irritation and inflammation.

How Does Dr. Barry Treat Spinal Stenosis?

Dr. Barry uses MLS Laser Therapy to treat spinal stenosis. This treatment uses the most advanced FDA-approved deep tissue lasers to penetrate the tissues of the body to reduce inflammation and provide relief. The laser's light energy penetrates about five inches beneath the skin to promote cellular regeneration and blood circulation, leading to both the relief of pain and the production of new cartilage and bone. The entire procedure is quick, completely pain-free, and does not have any side effects or require any downtime. If you are suffering from spinal stenosis or symptoms that could relate to the condition, make an appointment with Dr. Barry for diagnosis and treatment at Avalon Laser Therapy.