When diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a multitude of treatments can be used to alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with the condition, which is a narrowing of the spinal canal in the lumbar or cervical spinal regions. When the channels through which your spinal cord and nerve roots travel become narrower, nerve tissue can be squeezed or compressed. Treatments of this condition may focus solely on reducing symptoms, but in more extreme cases treatments may involve surgery to reverse the compression of the spine.
Spinal stenosis, if not properly diagnosed or treated, can lead to recurring pain that may limit a person’s daily activities, such as the ability to work, travel or exercise. Visit both our spinal stenosis overview and diagnosing spinal stenosis pages for more details.
The pain of this condition can radiate from your neck or back to your hips, legs and feet. You may also experience numbness, weakness or a tingling sensation. Some flexibility may be lost, and there can be discomfort when sitting or leaning backwards.
If you believe your neck or back pain is due to spinal stenosis, contact your health care provider. He or she will be able to make a proper diagnosis by conducting a physical and neurological examination, and possibly order a CT scan or MRI. Your physician may also prescribe various spinal stenosis treatments, including:
- Over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen to relieve pain and inflammation
- Restricted activity and/or rest
- Hot and cold packs
- Wearing of a back or neck brace
- Epidural steroid injections
- Low-impact exercises like walking or swimming
- Deep tissue massage
In some cases, patients may not respond to conservative treatments. However, there are other options available for pain relief, including the state-of-the-art, minimally invasive procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute. With a quicker recuperation period than other treatments like open-back surgery, our advanced procedures can help you reclaim your life. Contact us today for a review of your MRI or CT scan, and to receive more information about our minimally invasive outpatient procedures and the outstanding care we provide our patients.