How to treat spinal narrowing

If you’re wondering how to treat spinal narrowing, the simple answer is that you technically can’t. This condition — also known as spinal stenosis — is a natural, unavoidable part of the aging process, and it isn’t reversible. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t manage the symptoms this condition can cause. But first, it’s important to learn more about the causes behind this condition, as well as the symptoms that can result.

Causes 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. Over the years, discs can bulge or herniate, joints can become arthritic and bone spurs can form. Whenever one or more of these conditions causes a decrease in the space allowed for spinal nerves to exit the spinal canal, this spinal narrowing can compress the nerve(s). It is this neural compression — often referred to as a “pinched” nerve — that causes the symptoms of spinal narrowing to present.

Symptoms

These symptoms 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

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, chiropractics, exercise, medications and more. However, if weeks or months of conservative treatments have failed to ease your pain, contact Laser Spine Institute today to learn more about our outpatient procedures performed using minimally invasive techniques.