Arachnoiditis is a term used to describe a condition caused by inflammation of the arachnoid. An arachnoid is one of the membranes that surround and protect the spinal cord nerves. Arachnoiditis causes a patient to experience numbness, tingling and burning pain in the legs and lower back, as well as possible muscle spasms, twitches and cramps. When an arachnoid cyst, a fluid-filled sac between the brain or spinal cord and the membrane of the arachnoid, compresses the spinal cord, patients will experience similar symptoms. Proudly serving patients in the Dallas, Arlington and Fort Worth, Texas area, OPTIMAL Pain & Regenerative Medicine® offers pain management treatments to help alleviate arachnoiditis symptoms.
What is Arachnoiditis?
When an arachnoid becomes inflamed from an infection, chemicals, an injury to the spine, chronic compression of the spinal cord from an arachnoid cyst or complications during a spinal surgery, arachnoiditis occurs and causes a patient to experience severe stinging, burning pain. The inflammation may lead to scar tissue formation in some patients and may cause the spinal nerves to stick together, leading to a number of painful, troublesome symptoms.
An arachnoid cyst can compress the spinal cord and cause this condition. Patients may have secondary arachnoid cysts develop after a head injury, as a result of a tumor or as a complication of brain surgery.