Kidney stones are both uncomfortable and unpleasant, and while they can be very painful, there are ways to prevent their development and treat them.
If you have experienced kidney stones, you know the intense discomfort they can cause, but urologist Dr. Jeffrey Steinberg of Urology Specialists of Milford in Milford, MA, can help you find relief.
What are kidney stones?
Kidney stones are a buildup of minerals, like calcium, which clump together in your urine and may become hard to pass. Small kidney stones are more likely to be easily and painlessly excreted.
Signs of kidney stones
You may find you have pain in your groin or abdominal area, experience nausea or vomiting, or find blood in your urine if you have kidney stones. You may also feel the need to more frequently urinate, and experience a burning sensation when you do so. A CT scan or ultrasound at our Milford, MA, office may be necessary to determine the presence of kidney stones.
What causes kidney stones?
Kidney stones can be related to hereditary, health, and lifestyle factors. If you have a family history of kidney stones, have a health condition such as Crohn's disease or gout, or eat a high protein diet you may be more susceptible to kidney stones. An analysis of your urine or kidney stones may help pinpoint the cause and dictate your prevention or treatment plan.
Treatment for kidney stones
If you are unable to pass your kidney stones, you may need in-office treatments. Larger stones can be broken down via shock wave therapy, allowing you to pass them more easily and without pain. If this method is not sufficient, surgical removal may be necessary.
Consult Dr. Steinberg of Urology Specialists of Milford in Milford, MA, if you are suffering from kidney stones. Call us today at 508-473-6333.