A guide to your spinal stenosis symptoms and treatment
If you are researching spinal stenosis symptoms and treatment options, you will learn that there are a variety of conservative treatments that can be highly effective and surgery is often only recommended if you have exhausted all of your options. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms outlined below, the following information may be helpful in finding the best course of action for spinal stenosis relief.
Recognizing spinal stenosis symptoms
Spinal stenosis symptoms appear when the narrowing of the spinal canal puts abnormal pressure on nerve roots and the spinal cord. This pressure can often be a result of other degenerative spinal conditions, including osteoarthritis, bulging discs or herniated discs, so it is important to identify the causes of the spinal narrowing before beginning treatment.
Spinal stenosis symptoms can appear in a variety of different locations throughout the body, leading to an assortment of treatment options. Stenosis most often occurs in the cervical spine (neck and upper back) or lumbar spine (lower back), as those are the areas of the spine that provide the most movement and flexibility and are more prone to degeneration.
Common signs that you might be suffering from spinal stenosis can include localized pain in your spine or pain radiating into your hips, shoulders, arms or legs. Other symptoms include pain, numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness in the legs. These spinal stenosis symptoms can fluctuate at times and are known to develop slowly over time.
Spinal stenosis treatment options
Spinal stenosis treatments can vary depending on the patient, so it is important to always consult a physician to come up with the right treatment plan for you. Once your physician has pinpointed your spinal stenosis symptoms, there are many different treatment options to consider. Before you consider spinal surgery, your physician will likely prescribe a regimen that includes several conservative (nonsurgical) treatments that could help relieve your spinal stenosis symptoms.
One of the most common spinal stenosis treatment options is increased exercise, as weight management combined with added strength and flexibility can often help alleviate symptoms. Other common choices for spinal stenosis sufferers include traction or inversion tables, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, chiropractic care and epidural steroid injections.
If conservative approaches fail to relieve your spinal stenosis symptoms, it might be time to consider surgical relief. At Laser Spine Institute, we are able to treat spinal stenosis through a procedure called a laminotomy. By using a less than 1-inch incision, our team of board-certified surgeons+ is able to remove the offending agents that are narrowing the canal, in order to eliminate pinching or the symptoms experienced with spinal stenosis.