Foraminal narrowing occurs when one or more foramina (passageways through which nerve roots exit the spinal column) becomes obstructed. A number of degenerative spine conditions, including degenerative disc disease, osteophytes, herniated discs, and bulging discs can cause foraminal narrowing.
One of the primary causes of foraminal narrowing (also called “foraminal stenosis”) is the natural aging process. While aging is inevitable, there are a few risk factors that can expedite the process of developing foraminal narrowing. These factors include:
- Sedentary lifestyles
- Occupations that require constant sitting, standing, driving, bending, lifting, and twisting
- Regular participation in high-impact sports
For those who have developed foraminal narrowing despite their best efforts to maintain a healthy lifestyle and prevent its onset, there are several treatment options available. Most patients are able to find relief through conservative means, such as pain medications, physical therapy, hot/cold compresses, corticosteroid injections, and other non-surgical techniques. If discomfort persists despite weeks or months of these therapies, the minimally invasive procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute may provide relief. Contact us to learn about our endoscopic procedures and how they have helped tens of thousands of patients rediscover their lives without neck and back pain.