An overview of canal stenosis treatment options

Canal stenosis treatment usually begins with conservative methods to help manage symptoms, but in some cases surgery may be required. Stenosis of the spine involves a narrowing of the nerve passages — such as the central spinal canal — which provide space for the spinal cord and the nerve roots that branch off and serve other areas of the body. When these spaces are narrowed by conditions like a herniated disc or a bone spur, it can cause nerve compression that results in both local and radiating symptoms like pain, tingling, and numbness.

Conservative canal stenosis methods

The goal of initial conservative nonsurgical methods for canal stenosis is to relieve symptoms and improve range of motion. Many people can find relief by working with their doctor to develop a plan involving the following canal stenosis treatment methods without having to resort to surgery. Common options include:

  • Exercise. Low-impact aerobic exercise is excellent for improving flexibility and circulation throughout the body while potentially strengthening the core muscles that help support the spine. This can relieve some of the pressure on a pinched nerve and possibly improve symptoms. Your doctor may recommend working with a physical therapist to learn exercises that are best for you condition.
  • Medication. Using nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and other forms of doctor-recommended medication can provide relief of pain and other symptoms.
  • Epidural steroid injections. Carefully injecting a local anesthetic and a corticosteroid directly into the epidural space of the spine can help reduce the inflammation of the affected spinal nerve roots.

Surgical canal stenosis treatment options

In many cases, conservative treatment methods can help people with canal stenosis return to their normal activities. In certain circumstances however, people may require surgical intervention to remove the spinal anatomy putting pressure on nerves in the spinal canal. If you have been recommended for surgery to treat this condition, Laser Spine Institute provides minimally invasive spine surgery as a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck or back procedures.^

To learn more and to find out if you’re a candidate for the outpatient procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute, contact our dedicated team today and ask for your no-cost MRI or CT scan review.*