Canal stenosis treatment guidelines

Canal stenosis is a condition that describes the narrowing (stenosis) of the spinal canal — the passageway in the spine that holds the spinal cord. While this condition often develops naturally as the spine weakens with age, it can sometimes pose a problem to the function of the spine by compressing the spinal cord. When this happens, severe pain may develop and canal stenosis treatment options will be discussed.

Conservative treatment options

If you have been suffering through the symptoms of a pinched nerve from this condition, you should make an appointment with your doctor to discuss the canal stenosis treatment options available to you. For many people, a series of conservative, nonsurgical treatments offer significant pain relief from this condition. Your doctor may recommend a combination of two or more of the following conservative canal stenosis treatment options:

  • Pain medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Low-impact exercises
  • Weight loss
  • Behavioral modifications
  • Stretching
  • Hot/cold compresses
  • Corticosteroid injections

After several weeks or months of this type of treatment, you should notice a measurable decrease in your pain and symptoms. If you do not experience this, your doctor may recommend you for canal stenosis spine surgery.

Surgical canal stenosis treatment

Many patients recommended for surgical canal stenosis treatment have the option of undergoing a minimally invasive alternative to traditional open back surgery. At Laser Spine Institute, our minimally invasive spine surgery holds many advantages over traditional open back surgery. For example, our patients experience a shorter recovery time^ and lower risk of complications than patients who opt for a traditional, highly invasive procedure.

Because we perform our minimally invasive spine surgery as outpatient procedures, our patients are able to return to their homes or hotels within hours after surgery.^ This is in contrast to traditional procedures, which can require overnight hospitalization. To learn more about the canal stenosis treatment offered at Laser Spine Institute, contact us today. We can review your MRI or CT scan* at no cost to determine if you are a candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures.