Conservative and alternative treatments for spinal stenosis
The narrowing of the spinal canal, which is the passageway through which the spinal cord and nerve roots travel, is referred to as spinal stenosis. This condition can affect three regions of the spine: the cervical (neck) region, the thoracic (middle) region and the lumbar (lower) region. The location of a patient’s spinal stenosis dictates where he or she experiences the symptoms of this condition, which include pain, numbness, tingling and weakness. The severity of symptoms may vary from patient to patient, but many can enjoy some relief with the conservative and alternative treatments described below.
Conservative spinal stenosis treatments
Before suggesting surgery, neck and back specialists often attempt to lessen the severity of a patient’s symptoms with conservative treatments. These treatments may include:
- Pain medication
- Traction tables
- Physical therapy
- Use of a brace
- Epidural steroids
While many patients can experience relief thanks to these conservative forms of treatment, some may decide to explore alternative treatments.
Alternative spinal stenosis treatments
Patients with spinal stenosis have many alternative treatment options available to them. Some experience results when an alternative therapy is performed on its own, while others receive optimal benefits when combining conservative and alternative treatments.
For patients with spinal stenosis, the alternative treatments listed below tend to be the most popular:
- Chiropractic manipulation. Chiropractors can assist in treating spinal stenosis by adjusting the spine to reduce the amount of pressure that is being placed on spinal nerves.
- Massage therapy. Reducing the amount of tension in the muscles of the neck and back may relieve the pain associated with spinal stenosis.
- Acupuncture. This form of treatment is said to increase the body’s flow of energy (chi) by inserting needles into specific points on the body. Some evidence shows that acupuncture may increase the body’s release of endorphins, which can help to ease the pain in some patients.
Be sure to consult your doctor before trying these methods of alternative therapy. He or she may be able to refer you to a qualified and trusted professional who can provide the best treatment for your symptoms.
Surgical options for spinal stenosis relief
If conservative and alternative treatments provide little to no relief after several weeks or months, there are still other options, including the minimally invasive procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute. Our board-certified+ surgeons use small incisions that are muscle sparing, allowing for a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery.^ To learn more about the advantages of our spinal stenosis surgery, contact us today.
To ease the pain and discomfort associated with spinal stenosis, we are able to remove the particle that is narrowing the canal, thereby eliminating the symptoms experienced by this debilitating condition. Reach out to our dedicated team for a free MRI review* and to find out if you are a candidate for our outpatient spinal stenosis procedures. We can help you recapture your quality of life from your condition.