Spinal stenosis — conservative and surgical options for relief

Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal or other nerve pathways caused by degenerative spine conditions. As the spinal canal narrows, the nerves in the spinal cord are compressed and cause chronic pain in the neck, back or extremities.

For people who have been diagnosed with spinal stenosis, it is important that you research the treatment options available to you. The pain caused by spinal stenosis can gradually prevent you from doing the things you love to do. If left untreated, you might even find that you have difficulty completing normal daily activities. The good news is that there are a wide range of treatment options available to you.

Conservative treatments for spinal stenosis

The first treatment option typically recommended is conservative treatment. Many people who suffer from spinal stenosis and other degenerative spine conditions are able to find relief from a series of nonsurgical therapies designed to help you relieve pain, improve mobility and take pressure off the spinal column. The most common conservative treatments are as follows:

  • Chiropractic treatment
  • Physical therapy
  • At-home exercises and stretches
  • Yoga
  • Pain and anti-inflammatory medication
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Acupuncture

Consult your doctor to create a series of conservative treatments to help relieve the chronic pain caused by spinal stenosis. Let your doctor know if you experience any abnormal or persistent pain during or immediately after attempting a specific form of treatment.

Surgical treatment for spinal stenosis

If you do not find any lasting relief from conservative treatments for your spinal stenosis, you might consider researching a surgical treatment to relieve your pain. Many patients are reluctant to undergo surgery due to the risks and difficulties involved with traditional open neck or back procedures, including a large incision, muscle disruption and overnight hospitalization.

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer a safer and effective alternative^ to traditional open spine surgery. Our minimally invasive decompression and minimally invasive stabilization surgeries help patients find relief from chronic pain on an outpatient basis. If you would like to learn more about our minimally invasive surgery for spinal stenosis, please contact Laser Spine Institute today.

We can provide you with a free MRI review* to determine if you may be a candidate for one of our outpatient procedures. It’s time to take the next step in reclaiming your life.

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