Arachnoiditis – Frisco, TX
The spine surgeons at OrthoTexas, Frisco provide treatment for a wide range of conditions causing pain in the upper, middle or lower back. They use advanced treatment modalities to help patients find relief from the symptoms of Arachnoiditis.

Arachnoiditis

Inflammation of the arachnoid membrane, also called meninges, which surrounds and protects the nerves in the brain as well as spine is called Arachnoiditis. It is a rare condition and affects the lower back as well as legs in most cases. Arachnoiditis is a progressive disorder and the symptoms may become permanent over a period of time. The patient may lose his ability to work or lead a normal life due to constant discomfort and pain. It can also result in more complications and diseases of the spine.

Arachnoiditis can be classified into:

  • Adhesive Arachnoiditis- This is the stage when the scar tissue starts developing in the membrane and causes the spinal nerves to clump
  • Arachnoiditis Ossificans- This is a critical stage when the disease progresses to an extreme level and the arachnoid membrane solidifies into a bone

Causes Of Arachnoiditis

  • Trauma or injury to the spine
  • Chemicals used in myelograms (a type of radioactive diagnostic tests)
  • Tuberculosis
  • Bacterial, viral or fungal infection in the spine
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Complication after spine surgery
  • Severe herniation of the spinal disc

Symptoms Of Arachnoiditis

  • Stinging or burning pain in the lower back and legs
  • Weakness in the legs
  • Muscle cramps and spasms
  • Sexual weakness
  • Difficulty in controlling bladder and bowel movement
  • Pain that shoots suddenly like an electric shock
  • Sensation of insects crawling or water trickling down the skin
  • Numbness
  • Uncontrollable Twitching
  • Neuralgia- severe pain that shoots across a particular nerve pathway
  • Discomfort in sitting or standing

Diagnosis Of Arachnoiditis

  • CAT (Computerized Axial Tomography) scan
  • MRI scan
  • EMG (electromyogram) may be done to check for loss of nerve function
  • Treatment For Arachnoiditis
  • There is no permanent cure for this rare disorder and the focus of the treatment is to prevent worsening of the symptoms as well as help the patient combat pain
  • Physical therapy may be recommended to improve strength, mobility and flexibility of the back muscles
  • Medications may be prescribed to relieve pain
  • Specific motorized devices such as the standing wheelchairs may help in movement

For diagnosis and treatment of Arachnoiditis, visit OrthoTexas, Frisco. To schedule an appointment with the spine surgeons, you can call at (214) 618 – 5502.