A complete guide to spinal stenosis treatment

Spinal stenosis treatment can come in a variety of forms, ranging from nonsurgical to surgical. The type of treatment recommended typically depends on the severity of the condition, as well as the cause of the spinal stenosis and the patient’s medical history. A physician will often recommend a series of conservative spinal stenosis treatment options to help alleviate the symptoms and potentially avoid surgery.

If you’ve been diagnosed with spinal stenosis and are researching your spinal stenosis treatment options, take a moment to review the conservative therapies available to you. Many patients with spinal stenosis are able to find relief without having to undergo spine surgery. However, if spine surgery is necessary, Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive alternatives to traditional open neck and back surgery.

Conservative spinal stenosis treatment options

Spinal stenosis can be caused by many things, but the result is often a pinched nerve within the narrowing spinal canal. Conservative spinal stenosis treatments help to alleviate the symptoms of a pinched nerve by relieving the pressure on the nerve root and/or blocking the pain signals between the pinched nerve and the brain. Common conservative treatment options include:

  • Pain medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Lifestyle changes like weight loss, when necessary, and exercise
  • Stretching and yoga
  • Hot and cold compresses
  • Corticosteroid injections

Alternative spinal stenosis treatment options can sometimes be coupled with your conservative treatment, under the guidance of your physician or another medical professional. Common alternative treatments include:

  • Herbal medication
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage therapy
  • Chiropractic care

For many patients, conservative and alternative spinal stenosis treatment plans are effective in relieving the pain and symptoms of this condition. However, if several months have passed and your symptoms have not improved, you may be recommended for spine surgery.

Surgical spinal stenosis treatment

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer minimally invasive spine surgery to treat spinal stenosis. Our procedures are performed through a less than 1-inch incision and, unlike traditional open neck or back surgery, involve less disruption of supporting muscles. Because of our minimally invasive approach to the spine, our patients benefit from a shorter recovery time^ and lower risk of complication compared to patients who choose traditional open spine surgery.

Our minimally invasive procedures are tailored to the exact cause of your spinal stenosis, whether it’s a discectomy for a herniated disc or a foraminotomy to widen the foraminal canal. To find out if you are a candidate for one of these minimally invasive procedures, contact Laser Spine Institute today and ask for a no-cost MRI review* from our dedicated team.

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