For patients with spinal stenosis, recovery can often take several weeks or months. The condition occurs when a damaged, misaligned or inflamed component of the spine invades the spinal canal, which houses and protects the spinal cord. This narrowing of the spinal canal can cause compression of the spinal cord, a spinal nerve or a spinal nerve root, leading to symptoms of pain, numbness, tingling and/or muscle weakness. Treatment for spinal stenosis initially focuses on relieving the symptoms of neural compression rather than decompressing the affected neural structure.
Spinal stenosis recovery almost always involves the use of conservative, non-surgical treatments to relieve a patient’s symptoms. This could include one or more of the following:
- Over-the-counter, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Physical therapy
- Lifestyle modifications (e.g. losing weight, quitting smoking, becoming more physically active)
- The application of heat and/or ice
If the utilization of these treatments proves ineffective after several weeks or months, the patient may be advised to consider surgery as part of his or her spinal stenosis recovery.
Laser Spine Institute
The orthopedic surgeons at Laser Spine Institute perform minimally invasive procedures as an alternative to open neck or back surgery. Our procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, through an incision that is typically less than 1 inch long. Patients who undergo minimally invasive procedures usually have a quicker and less arduous rehabilitation period than those who undergo open neck or back surgeries.
To find out if you’re a candidate for a minimally invasive procedure from Laser Spine Institute, contact us for a review of your MRI or CT scan, and to schedule an initial consultation.