Spinal stenosis treatment

Spinal stenosis is narrowing of the spinal canal which can constrict the spinal cord or the nerve roots. This can be caused by a number of conditions, typically related to aging or injury, which can displace the spinal anatomy and cause nerve compression. Spinal stenosis treatment is required if the narrowing causes painful symptoms that affect work, relationships and take the joy out of leisure time.

Symptoms of spinal stenosis include difficulty walking and localized pain. Radiating symptoms, called radiculopathy, include shooting pain, tingling, numbness or muscle weakness. If you have been diagnosed with a spine condition and need spinal stenosis treatment, educating yourself about the treatment options available to you is a great first step in getting back to the life you’ve been missing.

Consider conservative treatment first

There are many conditions that cause spinal stenosis, including bulging discs, herniated discs and arthritic bone spurs. However, the symptoms associated with these conditions are usually manageable using a course of nonsurgical spinal stenosis treatment methods. These can include:

  • Over-the-counter or prescription pain medication
  • Exercise
  • Stretching
  • Hot/cold therapy
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Lifestyle changes like weight loss and quitting smoking

Many patients are able to relieve symptoms with these treatments, but if weeks or months go by without enough improvement for a normal quality of life, surgery can become an option.

Research the minimally invasive alternative

If you are considering surgery for spinal stenosis treatment, but have some concerns about the downsides of traditional open spine surgery, reach out to Laser Spine Institute. Since 2005, we have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from neck and back pain using our minimally invasive outpatient spine surgery. Our procedures are an alternative to traditional open neck or back surgery because of our state-of-the-art techniques that use a smaller incision to provide a shorter recovery time^ for our patients.

Contact us for a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for our minimally invasive spine procedures.

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