Spinal stenosis treatment options

Spinal stenosis is often known as spinal canal stenosis or central spinal canal stenosis. The word “stenosis” is derived from the Greek word stenos, meaning narrow, while “canal” refers to the central vertebral canal which houses the spinal cord. Therefore, spinal canal stenosis means the narrowing of the central vertebral canal that houses the spinal cord.

There are two general categories of spinal stenosis treatment — conservative treatments and surgical intervention. Conservative treatments suppress symptoms, while surgical options help to address the cause of the condition. Unless your condition is severe, treatment begins with the nonsurgical options and proceeds to surgery if needed. To learn more about this condition and the treatments available to relieve your symptoms, read the following article.

Spinal stenosis explained

Spinal stenosis is a degenerative spine condition in which the spinal canal becomes narrower, at times applying pressure on spinal nerve roots or the spinal cord. The condition is related to the aging process, and like the effects of aging in other areas of the body, spinal stenosis usually begins gradually and progresses over time.

Foraminal stenosis typically refers to narrowing of the passages (foramina) on each side of the vertebral column through which spinal nerves pass, in route to the body structure they impact. If this narrowing progresses to the point at which the neural tissue is compressed, symptoms can arise. This can include:

  • Pain
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Weakness

Both spinal stenosis and foraminal stenosis can be caused by any number of changes in the spine that takes up space in the openings. These changes might include bulging discs, herniated discs, bone spurs and enlarged facet joints (connections between the bones of the spine).

Traditional spinal stenosis treatment options

In most instances, spinal stenosis and foraminal stenosis are treated conservatively. Treatments like pain medication, physical therapy, low-impact exercise, chiropractic care and anti-inflammatories can often help to relieve symptoms. If you do not find relief from conservative treatments after several weeks or months, your doctor may recommend surgical treatment.

Traditional surgical options for spinal stenosis include:

  • Removal of spinal bone
  • Disc removal
  • Artificial disc replacement surgery
  • Spinal fusion

Minimally invasive spinal stenosis procedures at Laser Spine Institute

At Laser Spine Institute, we specialize in a variety of minimally invasive procedures for spinal stenosis. These procedures are safer and effective alternatives to open neck and back surgery,^ offering relief for spinal stenosis symptoms. Our minimally invasive decompression procedures for spinal stenosis include a laminotomy, which relieves pressure on the spinal cord compressed by spinal stenosis, along with a Decompression with Interlaminar Stabilization™ device to relieve pain associated with spinal stenosis.

Our procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and carry a lower risk of complication as well as a shorter recovery period compared to traditional open spine surgery.^ Contact us today to learn more about your treatment options for spinal stenosis and foraminal stenosis. We want to help you make an informed decision about surgery so that you can find pain relief and return to your daily activities.

At Laser Spine Institute, we have had the privilege of helping thousands of patients find lasting relief from their chronic neck or back pain, setting us apart as the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. To find out if you are a potential candidate for our spinal stenosis procedures, reach out to our dedicated team today and ask for a free MRI review.*