How is acupuncture used to relive spinal stenosis symptoms?
Acupuncture is a popular way to address spinal stenosis symptoms like pain, numbness, tingling and weakness. This form of alternative medicine originated from China and is often used in conjunction with traditional methods of treatment in an effort to provide a holistic approach to well-being. Acupuncture followers believe that the body has an energy known as qi that is constantly running through the body along meridians or paths. These paths pass through certain points of the body that are identified as being connected to certain bodily organs or systems. Acupuncture involves inserting thin needles into these points in an effort to interact with the qi running through them.
For spinal stenosis, which is described as the narrowing of the spinal canal, the acupuncture needles would be concentrated on the points that affect the area of the body in which the patient is experiencing symptoms. For example, if the patient has spinal stenosis in the lumbar region of his or her back, then the acupuncturist would focus on the points that affect the lower back, buttocks, legs and feet since these are the areas in which the patient would be experiencing symptoms. Read on to learn more about alternative treatment options available for spinal stenosis, including conservative treatments and surgical approaches.
Nonsurgical treatments for spinal stenosis
Acupuncture is often combined with more modern methods of treatment. These other conservative treatment techniques include:
- Epidural steroids
- Physical therapy
- Chiropractic visits
- Inversion therapy
If you have tried these conservative therapies for several months and have yet to experience relief from your spinal stenosis symptoms, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about our minimally invasive spine surgery.
Surgical treatments for spinal stenosis
The outpatient surgeries performed at Laser Spine Institute have been able to help more than 75,000 patients to date find relief for their chronic neck and back pain. Our team of board-certified surgeons+ is able to perform a laminotomy by making a less than 1-inch incision in the back. These muscle-sparing techniques are able to remove the offending structure narrowing the canal and alleviate the symptoms associated with spinal stenosis, resulting in no lengthy recovery.^
Reach out to Laser Spine Institute today and ask for your no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of the procedures performed in our in state-of-the-art facilities.