Prescription drug treatments for spinal stenosis are used in the treatment of serious cases of spinal stenosis, a condition brought on by the narrowing of one or more areas in your spine, especially in your upper or lower back. Spinal stenosis can create compression on your spinal cord or its nerve roots and wear down the cartilage cushioning your spine’s joints. When this occurs, bone rubs against bone, and that can cause pain and inflammation. Visit our spinal stenosis page for more information about the causes and symptoms of this condition.
Besides lower back or neck pain and inflammation, other symptoms of spinal stenosis can include muscle spasms and joint or muscle stiffness. Some patients gain relief from their pain when bending forward or sitting. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your healthcare provider. He or she will be able to properly diagnose the cause of your pain and prescribe different treatments. To review other treatment tips, visit our spinal stenosis treatments page.
In some cases, you may not respond to drug-free treatments or over-the-counter medications, and your doctor may suggest prescription drug treatments. He or she may offer various medications including:
- Epidural steroid injections
- Oral steroid medications
- Pain medications
- Tricyclic antidepressants
If you find that prescription drugs are not working as well as you had hoped, or if you are seeking more permanent relief than drugs can provide, you may want to consider 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 – and often more permanent relief than drugs provide – our gentle outpatient procedures can help you return to a more active lifestyle in no time! Contact us today for a free MRI or CT scan review and to receive more information about our institute.