How to treat spinal narrowing

If you’re wondering how to treat spinal narrowing, the good news is that there is a wide range of treatment options that can help you find lasting relief from this condition. Spinal narrowing, also known as spinal stenosis, is often a natural part of the aging process and it isn’t reversible. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t manage the symptoms this condition can cause. Learning more about the causes behind this condition and the symptoms that can result can help you work more closely with your doctor to develop an effective personalized treatment plan.

Causes and symptoms of spinal narrowing

Spinal stenosis is a degenerative spine condition, meaning it develops over time as normal wear and tear takes its toll on your spinal anatomy. Degenerative spine conditions such as degenerative disc disease and spinal osteoarthritis can lead to spinal anatomy becoming damaged or displaced, which can narrow the already tight spaces in the spine. Some degree of natural spinal narrowing happens to everyone and isn’t always painful. Symptoms usually result when a bulging spinal disc, inflamed ligament or a bone spur constricts space in the spine enough to cause nerve compression.

Symptoms of spinal narrowing can include:

  • Localized pain at the site of the pinched nerve
  • Pain that travels the length of the affected nerve, potentially into the extremities
  • Weakness
  • Tingling
  • Numbness

Treatment for spinal narrowing

While you can’t turn back the clock on the aging process and restore the space your nerves need to travel through, you can manage your symptoms through a variety of conservative treatments that have proven to be effective for most people. These can include:

  • Hot/cold therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Massage
  • Chiropractic treatment
  • Exercise
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Facet joint injections
  • Lifestyle changes like quitting smoking, losing weight or improving posture

However, if weeks or months of conservative treatments have been unable to ease your pain, contact Laser Spine Institute today. Our minimally invasive spine surgery can treat the conditions that cause spinal narrowing on an outpatient basis while offering a shorter recovery time compared to traditional open neck or back surgery.

We can help you receive a free MRI or CT scan review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.