Stenosis of the spine treatment — 5 common ways to treat symptoms caused by spinal narrowing
Stenosis of the spine treatment is intended to alleviate the pain, tingling, numbness and other symptoms that can arise when a spinal nerve becomes compressed.
Stenosis, or narrowing, within the spine can occur due to spinal osteoarthritis (arthritis of the spine) or damaged discs. These degenerative spine conditions can lead to the development of bone spurs, herniated discs and other conditions that 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 most common conservative treatments for spinal narrowing.
An individualized 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 physicians, 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/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 within the spine of the nerve compression and your overall physical fitness.
When Does Surgery Become an Option?
While many patients find relief from conservative spinal stenosis treatment, sometimes surgery becomes the primary recommendation. 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 spine surgery for spinal stenosis, contact Laser Spine Institute. Our minimally invasive spine surgery offers several benefits over traditional open neck or back surgery, such as a shorter recovery time^ and no overnight hospitalization which means a lower risk of infection. 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 first choice over traditional open back surgery.
To learn more about the minimally invasive spine surgery we offer to treat spinal stenosis, contact Laser Spine Institute today.