Have you received a spinal stenosis diagnosis?
If you’ve recently received a spinal stenosis diagnosis it can be easy to become anxious about how this condition will affect your life and if it’s possible to find lasting relief. It’s important to understand that a large number of patients with spinal stenosis find relief through conservative treatments without ever needing surgery. What’s more, if surgery ever becomes a serious option, there are less invasive alternatives to traditional open spine procedures, including minimally invasive spine surgery performed at Laser Spine Institute.
Spinal stenosis is a medical term that refers to narrowing of the nerve pathways in the spine, such as the spinal canal. This is usually related to aging and conditions such as spinal arthritis or degenerative disc disease. Symptoms of spinal stenosis are related to compression of spinal nerves, such as the spinal cord or exiting nerve roots.
Conservative treatments for spinal stenosis
Upon being diagnosed with spinal stenosis, most patients will be recommended by their doctor to follow a course of conservative treatments. This may include one or more of the following:
- The use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Application of a heating pad or cold compress
- Physical therapy
- Periods of rest
- Epidural steroid injections
- Lifestyle changes like weight management or quitting smoking
- Alternative treatments like acupuncture or chiropractic adjustment
Be sure to speak with your physician before beginning any medication or exercise plan to avoid complications such as drug interactions or further injury to the neck or back.
When to consider surgery
If several weeks or months of conservative treatment fail to provide relief, your physician might recommend a consultation with an orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon. Those considering a surgical procedure should explore the full range of options in order to make a confident decision. Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive procedures are a safer and effective alternative to open neck or back surgery, offering our patients a reduced risk of complications like infection as well as a shorter recovery period.^
To learn more about our highly skilled surgeons and our state-of-the-art outpatient centers, contact our dedicated team today. We also offer a no-cost MRI or CT scan review to determine if you may be a candidate for one of our procedures.*