Spinal stenosis treatment — taking a holistic approach
Spinal stenosis treatment often involves the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), physical therapy and other conventional nonsurgical methods. However, many patients also choose to take a more holistic approach to treatment, incorporating alternative therapies and taking steps to promote better overall health.
While the mainstream medical community hasn’t fully accepted some alternative therapies, many patients have found them to effectively relieve common symptoms related to spinal stenosis. Some of the more popular alternative treatments for spinal stenosis include acupuncture and herbal remedies. By learning more about these treatments, you can have a more engaged conversation with your doctor about incorporating them into a holistic treatment plan for your condition.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles along specific pathways of the body. This practice is believed to work by stimulating blood flow and triggering the release of endorphins that act as natural pain relievers. There are no known side effects of acupuncture, and some believe that it is effective at treating and preventing certain illnesses, quelling pain and promoting general health. This form of traditional Chinese medicine should only be performed by a licensed practitioner and in a sterile environment.
Some patients benefit from spinal stenosis treatment that includes the use of certain naturally growing substances. This may include one or more of the following:
- Devil’s claw
- White willow
Be sure to consult a doctor, pharmacist or herbal nutritionist prior to taking any of these substances to prevent drug interactions, allergies and other complications.
When holistic treatments aren’t enough
If several weeks or months of alternative treatments prove ineffective, speak with your physician. It may be necessary to try more involved conservative techniques for spinal stenosis treatment, such as prescription medication, physical therapy or corticosteroid spine injections. If symptoms progress to the point that they are debilitating and conservative treatments haven’t provided relief, surgery may be recommended. For patients in this situation, Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive outpatient spine surgery can be a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck and back surgery.^