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 months of conservative treatment to try to reduce the pain and 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.

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:

  • Chiropractic care
  • Physical therapy
  • Exercise and yoga
  • Pain medication
  • Epidural injections
  • Hot/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.

Treatment after conservative treatment

If conservative treatment fails to give a patient relief, there are a couple of ways to approach spinal stenosis treatment. One is surgery. A physician can answer questions about whether surgery is a viable option and determine whether the condition can be improved by the removal of tissues that may be pressing on the spinal cord or a nerve root or if spinal fusion will help improve spinal stability. If you are recommended to undergo surgery, 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 safer and effective than traditional open back surgery^.

Many patients are hesitant about surgery because it is considered a “last resort” treatment. Instead of surgery, another path involves the use of non-conventional methods, or complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), for spinal stenosis treatment. These might include:

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

The National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine defines CAM as “a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine.” The effectiveness of these methods generally remains open for debate.

Learn more about minimally invasive procedures

If you have tried all means of treatment for your spinal stenosis pain and you have found no lasting relief, we encourage you to reach out to our team at Laser Spine Institute for more information about our minimally invasive procedures. To date, we’ve helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain. We can help you learn if you are a candidate for our spinal stenosis procedures which are safer and effective alternatives to open spine surgery.

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