Is alternative and complementary spinal stenosis treatment right for you?

Spinal stenosis is a degenerative spine condition that describes the narrowing of the spinal canal, commonly due to the development of other spine conditions, such as bone spurs or bulging discs. Patients who have been diagnosed with this procedure are often recommended to undergo several weeks or months of conservative care to try to reduce the symptoms associated with spinal stenosis.

For many patients, conservative treatments effectively reduce the pain caused by spinal stenosis. However, some more severe cases of spinal stenosis may be recommended to undergo spine surgery for treatment. To learn about the type of treatment that would work best for your spine care needs, read the following article.

Conservative spinal stenosis treatments

Conservative treatments aim to treat the pain and symptoms of certain spine conditions without surgical methods. Some examples of conservative therapies to treat spinal stenosis include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Exercise and yoga
  • Pain medication
  • Epidural steroids
  • Hot and cold therapy

These treatments can often be combined to increase your pain relief. You should always consult your physician before changing or combining your treatment options.

Complementary and alternative medicine for spinal stenosis

If conservative care fails to ease your pain and discomfort, there are a couple of ways to approach spinal stenosis treatment, such as surgery. A physician can answer questions about whether surgery is a viable option. He or she can also determine whether the condition can be improved by the removal of tissues that may be pressing on the spinal cord or nerve root or if spinal fusion will help improve spinal stability.

Many patients are hesitant about surgery because it is considered a last resort treatment. Instead of surgery, another path involves the use of nonconventional methods, or complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), for spinal stenosis treatment. This includes diverse medical and health care systems that are not generally considered conventional treatments, such as:

  • Massage therapy
  • Chiropractic adjustment
  • Acupuncture
  • Electrical stimulation
  • The use of a decompression table

Minimally invasive spinal stenosis surgery

If you do choose a surgical route for your spinal stenosis, we encourage you to research all of your surgical options before deciding which procedure is right for you. Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive procedures that are a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery.^ Contact us to learn more about the minimally invasive spinal stenosis treatments we offer.

Our highly skilled surgeons can relieve your condition by using a small muscle-sparing incision to remove part or all of the damaged disc that allows the space within the spinal canal to narrow. Since 2005, we’ve helped more than 75,000 patients find lasting relief from chronic neck and back pain. Reach out to our team today and ask for a free MRI review* so we can help you learn if you are a potential candidate for our spinal stenosis procedures.

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