Spinal Stenosis Treatment for Injuries from a Car Accident
Spinal stenosis treatment for injuries sustained from a car accident will not typically differ too dramatically from treatment provided to those whose spinal narrowing is a result of an age-related degenerative spine condition. The goal of treatment in either case is to manage symptoms related to a narrowing of the space available for the spinal canal. This might involve nerve compression, which can give rise to localized pain, pain that travels the length of a nerve, tingling, numbness or muscle weakness in the extremities.
Conservative spinal stenosis treatment
Injuries from a car accident might exacerbate an existing case of otherwise asymptomatic spinal narrowing. The presence of an osteoarthritis-related bone spur or a herniated disc does not necessarily mean there will be symptoms. But if an individual is jarred by the impact of a car crash, the anatomy of the spine will almost certainly be affected, and the area allotted to the spinal canal might become further constricted, causing problems. The treatment prescribed will most likely begin with a regimen of conservative methods such as:
- Over-the-counter pain medicine and anti-inflammatory drugs
- Prescription narcotics
- Physical therapy for improved posture and body mechanics
- Nerve block injections
- Hot/cold applications
- Alternative treatment methods, such as acupuncture
The combination of treatment methods will depend on a number of factors, including the location of the injury, the severity of the symptoms and the overall health and mobility of the patient.
When does surgery become an option?
If conservative spinal stenosis treatment does not provide adequate relief from symptoms related to a spinal injury caused by a car accident, a physician or spine specialist might recommend surgery. The type of surgery suggested will depend on several factors. If spinal nerve compression is an issue, Laser Spine Institute might be able to help. Our surgeons have perfected minimally invasive, outpatient procedures that have helped more than 75,000 patients since 2005. Contact us to learn more or to request a no-cost review* of your MRI to determine if you are a candidate.