Nonsurgical treatment options for foraminal stenosis
If you have foraminal stenosis, your physician will likely recommend nonsurgical treatment options as the first course of action for treating its symptoms. These conservative treatments are usually noninvasive in nature, and many can be pursued in the comfort of your own home. It should also be noted that conservative treatments will need to be utilized as part of a comprehensive regimen; at best, each individual therapy provides short-term relief that can help get you through the day.
Some common foraminal stenosis treatment options
Some of the most commonly suggested nonsurgical treatment options for foraminal stenosis include:
- Taking medications — Your physician will likely recommend that you take NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to control the swelling you may be experiencing.
- Stretching — Practicing specific stretches that focus on the affected area of your spine may alleviate some discomfort.
- Attending physical therapy sessions — A physical therapist can evaluate your condition and recommend exercises and stretches that can help you maintain your flexibility while strengthening the muscles in your back.
- Heat/cold therapy — Applying heat or ice (or alternating between the two) to the site of your discomfort can help control pain. Heat can relax your pain away, while ice can be used to reduce swelling. Be sure to consult your physician about which approach would be best in your specific case.
When conservative treatments fail
In most cases, a combination of nonsurgical treatment options will result in sufficient relief from foraminal stenosis symptoms. However, in the rare case that you experience little to no improvement after weeks or months of these treatments, you may want to research your surgical options.
More information about minimally invasive options
In addition to traditional open spine surgical approaches, be sure to investigate the minimally invasive procedures offered by Laser Spine Institute. Contact us today for more information and ask us about a review of your most recent MRI.