Seven facts about spinal narrowing

Spinal narrowing can cause painful symptoms and disrupt your everyday life. If you are suffering from spinal narrowing, read these seven facts to better understand the condition and what you can do to relieve pain.

Seven facts about spinal narrowing

  1. What is spinal narrowing? Spinal narrowing happens when the spinal canal that holds the spinal cord becomes narrow and puts pressure on the spinal cord, or the openings that allow nerve roots to exit the spine become narrow and put pressure on the nerve roots. Spinal narrowing itself does not cause symptoms, but instead, the pinched nerve or compressed spinal cord causes the symptoms.
  2. What are the risk factors for spinal narrowing? Spinal narrowing can be caused by genetics, advanced age, overuse, obesity, smoking, injury or trauma.
  3. What are the symptoms of spinal narrowing? Spinal narrowing can cause localized pain, radiating pain, numbness, tingling, sciatica or muscle weakness.
  4. What are conservative spinal narrowing treatment options? The symptoms of spinal narrowing can usually be controlled with conservative treatment options such as rest, pain medication, exercise and stretching, physical therapy and steroid injections.
  5. What are alternative and complementary spinal narrowing treatment options? Many patients find successful symptom relief with alternative and complementary treatment options including chiropractic care, acupuncture, hydrotherapy, yoga, massage therapy and essential oils.
  6. What lifestyle modifications can help with spinal narrowing symptoms? In addition to conservative treatment options, your physician may also encourage you to make lifestyle modifications, such as losing weight, quitting smoking, reducing alcohol intake or avoiding participation in contact sports. All of these lifestyle factors, if modified, can help to improve the symptoms of spinal narrowing.
  7. What are the surgical spinal narrowing treatment options? If conservative treatment options are unable to control spinal narrowing symptoms after a few months, surgery will be recommended to avoid permanent nerve or muscle damage. Spinal narrowing surgery can be performed via traditional open spine surgery or minimally invasive spine surgery. Minimally invasive spine surgery is performed through a small incision, is muscle-sparing and does not require a hospital stay. Compared to traditional open spine surgery, minimally invasive surgery also has a shorter recovery period and less risk of infection.

Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive procedures allow patients to have a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery.^ Laser Spine Institute has helped more than 75,000 patients find relief. For more information about spinal narrowing treatment and a no-cost MRI review* to find out if you are a candidate for one of our minimally invasive spine procedures, contact Laser Spine Institute today.