Methods for treating spinal stenosis

Spinal stenosis describes the narrowing of the spinal canal in your lumbar or lower back, which causes nerves to be pinched as the narrowing occurs. Treatment for this condition is aimed at alleviating a patient’s symptoms of pain, numbness, tingling and muscle weakness rather than on addressing the narrowing of the spinal canal. The majority of patients are able to diminish their pain and discomfort through the use of nonsurgical techniques, though some might need to consider surgical treatment, like the options outlined in the following article.

Noninvasive spinal stenosis treatments

A spinal stenosis treatment regimen typically consists of one or more conservative techniques, such as:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Physical therapy
  • The application of a heating pad and/or cold compress
  • Lifestyle modifications

As no two patients are alike, one treatment might prove beneficial for one patient while it is ineffective for another. Finding the optimal spinal stenosis treatment or combination of treatments might involve a process of trial and elimination.

Surgical spinal stenosis treatments

If nonsurgical spinal stenosis treatment fails to alleviate a patient’s symptoms after several weeks or months, he or she might receive a recommendation of surgery from their doctor. Traditional open spine surgery typically requires a large incision that is 6 to 8 inches, a lengthy hospital stay and a difficult rehabilitation.

However, some patients might be candidates for a minimally invasive procedure at Laser Spine Institute instead of traditional open spine surgery. These procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and 81 percent of patients are able to return to work within three months of their procedures.^ Our highly skilled surgeons use a less than 1-inch incision and muscle-sparing techniques in order to remove the particle that is pinching or narrowing the spinal canal to provide the patient with lasting relief.

Contact Laser Spine Institute to learn how we have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from the symptoms of spinal stenosis and other degenerative spinal conditions. Through a no-cost MRI review* of your spine, our dedicated team will be able to determine your best surgical option to relieve your debilitating condition.

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