Spinal stenosis treatment methods

Spinal stenosis treatment is aimed at alleviating a patient’s symptoms of pain, numbness, tingling and/or 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 non-surgical techniques, though some might need to consider surgical treatment.

Noninvasive treatments

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

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

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

Surgical treatment

If non-surgical spinal stenosis treatment fails to alleviate a patient’s symptoms after several weeks or months, he or she might receive a recommendation for surgery from the physician. Open spine surgery typically requires a large incision, a lengthy hospital stay and an arduous rehabilitation. Some patients might be candidates for a minimally invasive procedure at Laser Spine Institute in lieu of open spine surgery. These state-of-the-art procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and 81 percent of patients are able to return to work within three months of their procedures. Contact Laser Spine Institute to learn how we have helped tens of thousands of patients find relief from the symptoms of spinal stenosis and other degenerative spinal conditions.

Browse Related Resources