Canal stenosis treatment and recovery

Canal stenosis is a condition that occurs when the spinal canal narrows and is typically caused by other age-related spinal disorders. Because the symptoms of canal stenosis are similar to other degenerative spinal conditions, it’s important to be diagnosed by a physician who can recommend treatment methods and create a plan for recovery.

Canal stenosis treatment

If you’ve been diagnosed with canal stenosis, you should consult with your physician to determine a treatment regimen that will work best for you. Most physicians recommend conservative nonsurgical methods to help patients manage their symptoms. Some of these treatment remedies include:

  • Hot/cold compression therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Prescription and over-the-counter pain medications and anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, limiting alcohol consumption and exercising regularly

In most cases, nonsurgical treatments can help to relieve your symptoms and improve your quality of life, but these methods aren’t going to be effective in every single case. If pain and discomfort persist after several weeks or months of conservative treatment, then surgery may be an option. Open spine procedures require large incisions and long operating and hospitalization times, and patients often need up to a year to recover. At Laser Spine Institute, we offer minimally invasive surgeries to treat canal stenosis. Our procedures provide many advantages versus open back surgery, such as less surgical blood loss, reduced risk of infection and shorter recovery times ^.

Canal stenosis recovery

There is no cure for canal stenosis, but many patients are able to find relief from their symptoms within weeks of following conservative treatment plans. For patients who require surgery, the minimally invasive procedures offered at Laser Spine Institute are often the clinically appropriate first choice compared to traditional procedures. Recovery times ^ can vary depending on a number of factors, but typically minimally invasive surgeries allow for a 12-week recovery period.

To find out if you’re a candidate minimally invasive, outpatient surgery at Laser Spine Institute, contact us today.