Arachnoiditis Syndrome – Frisco, TX
OrthoTexas, Frisco provides diagnosis and treatment for various spine injuries and orthopedic conditions. The spine specialists have extensive experience in helping patients manage the symptoms of Arachnoiditis.

Arachnoiditis Syndrome

Arachnoid is a membranous lining that covers the brain and spinal cord to protect them. Arachnoiditis is an inflammatory disorder that affects this membrane and it is observed to be chronic. The inflammation, over a period of time, starts affecting the blood vessels and the nerve endings as well. Progress of the disease results in formation of scar tissue and malfunctioning of the nerves in the spinal column. The condition can be debilitating and can lead to permanent disability besides physical and psychological stress to the patient.

Causes Of Arachnoiditis Syndrome

  • Medical conditions such as Degenerative Disc Disease and Spinal Stenosis
  • Use of injectable dyes during myelograms
  • Accidental flow of steroids used as epidural injections into the spinal fluid
  • Can result as a complication of spinal surgery
  • Direct injury or trauma to spine
  • Tuberculosis of the spine
  • Fungal or viral infection in the spine
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage- Seepage of blood into the cerebral spinal fluid
  • HIV
  • Presence or formation of a cyst in or around the spinal cavity

Symptoms Of Arachnoiditis Syndrome

  • Numbness in the lower limbs
  • Burning pain in the lower back or limbs
  • Loss of bladder and bowel control/movement
  • A tingling sensation in the lower body
  • Muscle spasms
  • In some cases, a sharp pain shoots across the spine like a shock
  • Twitching
  • Feeling of insects crawling on the skin
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Stiffness and limited mobility
  • Weakness in the lower body
  • Body imbalance

Diagnosis Of Arachnoiditis Syndrome

  • Clinical evaluation of the spine and the lower limbs to check for symptoms
  • Evaluation of the patient’s medical history
  • MRI imaging
  • CAT or computerized axial tomography is a special type of X-ray that may help in the diagnosis
  • Electromyogram (EMG)
  • Extracting spinal fluid to test for infection

Treatment For Arachnoiditis Syndrome

Arachnoiditis is not treatable but the aim of the doctors is to reduce the discomfort and pain experienced by the patient. The methods of treatment may include:  

  • Prescription of pain killers and anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Injecting corticosteroids for immediate relief
  • Physical therapy may help to strengthen the supporting muscles and limbs
  • TENS or Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation which involves transmitting electric currents into the skin to stimulate the nerves and regain mobility
  • Surgical intervention is generally not recommended as it may enhance the amount of scar tissue

The spine surgeons at OrthoTexas, Frisco offer treatment for various orthopedic conditions causing back pain. To schedule an appointment, call at (214) 618-5502.