What is the spinal narrowing treatment choice that is most commonly recommended?

If you are suffering from pain and other symptoms as a result of spinal narrowing, your treatment options will include both conservative and surgical approaches. However, it is valuable to learn more about your condition before deciding which treatment direction to take.

Spinal narrowing most often occurs when age-related spinal degeneration causes part of the spine to encroach on the spinal canal, which encases the spinal cord. Bulging discs, ruptured discs and bone spurs are some of the conditions that can lead to spinal narrowing. Most common in the neck and lower back areas, spinal narrowing can result in localized and radiating pain, tingling, muscle weakness and numbness when a nerve root is compressed by an element of spinal anatomy that has extended beyond its usual boundaries.

Nonsurgical spinal narrowing treatment

Because spinal narrowing usually results in bothersome inflammation in the area of the spine that is being affected, the most common spinal narrowing treatment is the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which can be obtained through a prescription or purchased over the counter at your local drug store. Other conservative treatments that your physician may suggest include:

  • Physical therapy — to build strength and endurance and increase your flexibility
  • Epidural steroid injections — to relieve pain and inflammation at the site of the nerve compression
  • Periods of rest — to relax the muscles supporting the spine
  • Alternating hot/cold therapy — which can temporarily minimize pain and inflammation
  • Lifestyle modifications — such as losing excess weight and avoiding contact sports, to reduce the strain on your spine

Additionally, you may consider trying alternative treatments such as yoga, Pilates, massage therapy and chiropractic manipulation to help manage your symptoms.

Spinal narrowing treatments offered at Laser Spine Institute

If you’ve attempted conservative and alternative treatments for several weeks or months and your symptoms are still interfering with your comfort, you may need to consider surgery as a spinal narrowing treatment. It’s possible that you are a candidate for minimally invasive surgery at Laser Spine Institute. Our procedures require less than a 1-inch incision and are a safer and effective alternative to open neck and back procedures.^

Contact Laser Spine Institute today if you would like to learn more about our outpatient procedures, which have helped more than 75,000 individuals address their neck and back pain.