Five common ways to treat symptoms caused by stenosis of the spine
Stenosis of the spine treatment is intended to alleviate the pain, tingling, numbness and muscle weakness that can arise when a spinal nerve becomes compressed. Spinal stenosis, or narrowing of the spine, can occur due to arthritis of the spine or damaged discs. These degenerative spine conditions can lead to the development of a variety of conditions.
For instance, spinal stenosis may cause bone spurs, herniated discs, bulging discs, facet joint cysts, arthritis and thickening of the ligament, which can press into the small spaces in the spinal column where nerve roots rest. The symptoms of nerve compression typically can be managed without surgery, using a combination of the five common conservative treatments described below for spinal narrowing.
An individualized spinal stenosis plan
No two plans for stenosis of the spine treatment are alike. Your doctor will diagnose your condition and use this information, coupled with your medical history, to create a personalized treatment plan for your spinal stenosis. Among many doctors, five common ways to treat the symptoms of spinal stenosis are:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Exercise to build strength
- Stretching to decompress nerves and improve flexibility
- Hot and cold therapy
- Corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation and pain
Some patients also turn to alternative treatment methods such as chiropractic adjustment and acupuncture. The type of treatment you and your physician select will be determined by the underlying cause of the spinal narrowing, the location of the nerve compression within your spine and your overall physical fitness.
When does spinal stenosis surgery become an option?
While many patients find relief from conservative spinal stenosis treatment, sometimes surgery becomes the primary recommendation when you do not experience adequate relief after several weeks or months. Spine surgery usually becomes an option when all conservative treatment has been exhausted, or in the case of a medical emergency.
If you’re considering surgery for spinal stenosis, reach out to Laser Spine Institute and ask for a free MRI review* to determine if you are a candidate for our procedures. Our minimally invasive spine surgery offers several benefits over traditional open spine surgery, such as a shorter recovery time, reduced hospital-associated costs and a lower risk of complication.^ These safer and effective alternatives to traditional procedures are performed at our outpatient surgery centers across the country.^
To treat most causes of spinal stenosis, we offer a minimally invasive decompression surgery. Some causes, however, need to be addressed with our minimally invasive stabilization surgery. Both procedures are often the clinically appropriate alternative to open neck or back surgery.^ Contact Laser Spine Institute today to learn more about the minimally invasive spine surgery we offer to treat spinal stenosis. We are here to help you rediscover your quality of life from debilitating spine pain.