How to alleviate pain from spinal stenosis
Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the bone channel occupied by the spinal cord, and it typically develops as a result of the natural aging process. Development of bony growths due to osteoarthritis and other degenerative changes can begin to constrict the space and put pressure on your spinal nerves, causing symptoms such as pain in the back, legs, thighs and buttocks that gets increasingly worse the longer you stand.
If you have spinal stenosis and are struggling to overcome the chronic pain and discomfort associated with the condition, there are treatment options available to help you find relief. After consulting with your doctor, you may be encouraged to try any of the following methods:
- Medications. Pain medications such as ibuprofen, naproxen and acetaminophen may be used to temporarily ease the pain from spinal stenosis. However, these are recommended for a short time only, since no benefits are provided through long-term use.
- Physical therapy. Since spinal stenosis can make people less active due to the pain, the muscles actually become weaker, which only makes the symptoms worse. A physical therapist can help teach you gentle exercises that will build your strength and endurance, help improve your balance and maintain the flexibility of your spine.
- Steroid injections. A corticosteroid injection can help reduce the inflammation around the pinched nerve roots and temporarily relieve some of the pain.
Laser Spine Institute can help
At Laser Spine Institute, we can provide you with a meaningful solution for your spinal stenosis pain. Our board-certified surgeons+ perform minimally invasive spine surgeries that are often clinically appropriate to open neck and back surgery^. Unlike traditional open spine surgeries, our procedures use a less than 1-inch incision, incorporate muscle-sparing techniques and are performed on an outpatient basis.
Contact Laser Spine Institute today to learn more about our treatment options that can help alleviate pain from spinal stenosis. We can provide you with a free MRI review* to find out if you are a good candidate for our minimally invasive surgeries.