Spinal stenosis treatment — conservative options and when to consider surgery
Spinal stenosis can have a range of causes and the resulting pain and symptoms can take you away from the people and activities you love. In order to determine which spinal stenosis treatment is right for your condition and gives you the best chance to overcome your pain, it is extremely important that you work closely with a doctor. While there are many treatments available for patients who experience neck or back pain, your doctor will take into account your age, current prescriptions, overall health and other essential variables to ensure that you aren’t doing more harm than good.
The anatomy of spinal stenosis
Spinal stenosis refers to the narrowing of the spinal canal and other nerve passages in the spine. This can eventually result in the compression of the spinal cord or one of the spinal nerve roots that branch out to the rest of the body. Spinal narrowing can be traced to a number of factors, ranging from traumatic injury to obesity. However in most cases, spinal stenosis is caused by a degenerative spine condition related to normal changes from aging. Herniated discs, spinal osteoarthritis and the development of bone spurs can all cause the spinal canal to become narrowed.
Beginning spinal stenosis treatment
Typically, a patient who has received a spinal stenosis diagnosis will begin treatment with a variety of conservative techniques that are designed to remove pressure from the affected region of the spine and relieve pain in the short term. Some of the most commonly recommended treatments include:
- Limited rest
- Healthy diet
- Low-impact exercises
- Stretching techniques
- Pain medication or anti-inflammatory drugs
- The application of heat or ice
Prior to beginning any new spinal stenosis treatment, it is vital that you speak with your physician to make certain that the treatment will have the intended results and not make your situation worse. While many treatments can be completed at home, continue to work closely your physician to maximize your likelihood of success.
If your pain persists for several weeks and conservative treatment has failed to provide you relief and you are being recommended for surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute before consenting to a highly invasive traditional open spine procedure. Our minimally invasive outpatient spine surgery is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck or back procedures.^
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