Is spinal stenosis permanent?

One of the most common causes of neck and back pain is spinal stenosis, which can also be referred to as spinal narrowing. This condition is often the result of the deterioration that occurs during the body’s natural aging process, which can lead to elements of the spine extending beyond their normal boundaries and into the spinal canal. When this occurs, a nerve root or the spinal cord can become compressed, potentially leading to painful symptoms.

Will my spinal stenosis ever go away?

While spinal stenosis is generally considered a permanent condition, there is a wide array of treatment options available that can help reduce its symptoms to an acceptable level. If a physician has determined that your symptoms are the result of spinal stenosis, he or she will most likely recommend a treatment plan that includes a combination of conservative therapies that, when pursued for several weeks or months, could alleviate your symptoms. You may also want to try alternative treatments, though you should consult your doctor before attempting any type of treatment.

Some of your nonsurgical treatment options may include:

  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Pain and anti-inflammatory medications
  • Massage therapy
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Chiropractic manipulation
  • Application of hot and cold compresses
  • Yoga or Pilates

Your doctor may also suggest that you make some modifications to your lifestyle to promote an overall healthier spine and help avoid further degeneration. These could include losing weight, avoiding alcohol and tobacco, practicing better posture and avoiding frequent bending or heavy lifting.

Treatment options at Laser Spine Institute

Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive spine surgery that may be an option if alternative and conservative spinal stenosis treatment aren’t effective. We have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief, and we would be happy to provide a free MRI review* to help determine if you are a candidate for our outpatient procedures. Contact Laser Spine Institute today for more details.

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