Guide to researching spinal stenosis
Spinal stenosis, which is described as the narrowing of the spinal canal in your lumbar or lower back, can be a confusing condition because it can be caused by many different things. Many times, spinal stenosis is caused as a result of another spine condition protruding into the empty space in the spinal canal. If you’ve just been diagnosed with spinal stenosis, your first instinct may be to research the condition and the treatment options available to you. With the vast amount of information available online, it is important that you choose reputable articles that have correct information about your condition.
The articles you find should clearly explain, in detail, the risk factors, causes, conservative treatment methods and when it might be time to consider spine surgery. They also should be placed on authoritative websites and be authored by an acknowledged expert on the subject. As you research the types of surgery available to you, we encourage you to contact Laser Spine Institute with any questions or concerns regarding spinal stenosis or our minimally invasive spine surgery. We are here to help guide you through your journey to wellness.
What should you research about spinal stenosis?
There are many areas of information available for spinal stenosis, so it’s important to begin your research with a section that makes sense to you. Because many people do not have background knowledge of spinal stenosis or other spine conditions, the best place to start is with the causes of this condition.
Spinal stenosis can be caused by another spine condition such as facet joint cysts, bone spurs, bulging or herniated discs, thickening ligaments or arthritis. This condition can also be attributed to the natural weakening and changing of the spine with age. Research the causes of this condition and find what matches the information given to you by your doctor.
Taking the time to understand what causes spinal stenosis will help you better understand why you are in pain and why certain treatments are recommended over others. While researching the symptoms of spinal stenosis may be helpful, you likely already know the symptoms of this condition because you are experiencing them. Researching the treatment options for spinal stenosis will help you discuss the best method of pain relief with your doctor.
Ask your doctor about spinal stenosis
One great resource for informative and authoritative spinal stenosis articles is your doctor, who can guide you to a number of research articles about spinal stenosis that will be comprehensive and helpful for your condition. If you find something you don’t understand during your research, ask your doctor for clarification. It’s important for you to feel comfortable with the spinal stenosis information you are researching so you can make an informed decision about your spine care needs.
Minimally invasive spinal stenosis surgery
You and your doctor may come to the conclusion that surgical intervention for spinal stenosis may be necessary after conservative therapies such as pain medication, chiropractic care and physical therapy have failed. If this is the case, reach out to Laser Spine Institute today. We are the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery and have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck or back pain. Our dedicated team can provide a no-cost MRI review* so you can learn if you are a potential candidate for one of our outpatient procedures, that can provide you with lasting relief.