Spinal stenosis — conservative and surgical treatments for spinal stenosis
Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal caused by age-related spine conditions or degenerative spine conditions. As the spinal canal narrows, the nerves in the spinal cord are compressed and cause chronic pain in the neck, back, and/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 your daily activities. The good news is that there are treatments options available to you. At Laser Spine Institute, we are confident that we can help you find relief from your chronic pain and reclaim your life.
Conservative treatments for spinal stenosis
The first treatment option to consider is conservative treatment. Conservative treatment is any non-surgical treatment method to help alleviate your pain. Many people who suffer from spinal stenosis are able to find relief from a series of conservative treatments. The most common conservative treatments are as follows:
- Chiropractic treatment
- Physical therapy
- At-home exercises and stretches
- Pain medication
- Steroid injections
Consult your physician to create a series of conservative treatments to help alleviate the chronic pain caused by spinal stenosis. Let your physician know if you experience any abnormal or persistent pain during or immediately after a conservative treatment. Additionally, tell your physician if you are not finding relief after several weeks of conservative 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 alleviate your pain. There are two forms of surgical treatment for spinal stenosis: traditional open back fusion and minimally invasive stabilization surgery.
Traditional open back fusion is performed at a hospital and requires a few days of hospital stay after the surgery. During the procedure, the surgeon will make a large incision along the spine, cutting the muscles and soft tissue surrounding the spinal column. Once the spine is accessed, the surgeon will remove the part of the spine that is compressing a nerve — usually a disc or bone spur. Once this is removed, an implant or bone graft will be fused to the two surrounding vertebrae for immediate stabilization. The standard recovery time is six month to a year.
At Laser Spine Institute, we offer an effective alternative to traditional open back fusion. Our minimally invasive stabilization surgery helps patients find relief from chronic pain without a long recovery period* or heightened risk of infection. Our minimally invasive stabilization surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure at one of our world-class surgical centers across the country. During the procedure, the surgeon will make a small, small incision at the spine. The surrounding muscles and soft tissues will be moved aside to access the spine. Once the spine is accessed, the cause of the spinal stenosis will be removed and the affected nerve will be decompressed. An implant will then be placed at the two impacted vertebrae to stabilize the spine and help prevent future narrowing.
Our minimally invasive stabilization surgery offers patients a lower recovery time* with minimal scarring. We’ve helped over 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain; our patient satisfaction score is 96^.
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 no-cost MRI review* and discuss your candidacy for one of our outpatient procedures. It’s time to take the next step in reclaiming your life.