Alternative Treatment Options for the Spinal Conditions that Cause Foraminal Stenosis
Foraminal stenosis is the narrowing (stenosis) of a passageway (foramen) that a nerve root in the spine travels through. Treatments for the symptoms of foraminal stenosis typically attempt to address the spinal condition which is actually causing the canal to narrow. Many different types of degenerative spine conditions can cause an intervertebral foramen to narrow, including herniated discs, bone spurs and osteoarthritis.
Treatment options for these conditions can range from over-the-counter drugs to spinal injections, and many patients also try alternative and/or complementary treatment methods to relieve their symptoms.
Examples of alternative treatments for foraminal stenosis
As mentioned above, several different spinal conditions can cause foraminal stenosis. Therefore, there are a range of alternative treatments available. Some of the most common alternative treatments for neck and back pain caused by foraminal stenosis include: yoga, acupuncture, acupressure, supplements, chiropractic care, massage therapy and postural therapy.
- Yoga is a practice that involves a variety of movements that strengthen and stretch the body and help to improve balance.
- Acupuncture involves going to an acupuncturist who inserts thin needles into various points of the body to release built-up “chi,” or energy.
- Acupressure is similar to acupuncture, except the practitioner uses fingers, elbows and hands instead of needles to apply pressure.
- Herbal supplements are used to reduce tissue inflammation, which can relieve pain.
- Chiropractic care, massage therapy and postural therapy are a set of interrelated disciplines that attempt to relieve pressure on the spine through various lifestyle interventions and direct physical manipulation of the spine.
While any of the above alternative treatments can provide temporary relief for symptoms like pain, numbness, muscle weakness and tingling, alternative treatments are not designed to offer a permanent solution for the underlying problem(s).
Surgery for foraminal stenosis
After patients have attempted alternative treatments to relieve the symptoms of foraminal stenosis for several months without success, surgery may be the next logical step. Patients are advised to explore the many different surgical approaches available for their condition. Foraminal stenosis surgery may include the removal of damaged discs (discectomy), removal of bone spurs, and spinal fusion. Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive alternatives to open neck and back surgery. Contact us today to learn more.