Spinal stenosis nonsurgical treatment options
Living with spinal stenosis can present a number of challenges, with pain, stiffness, weakness, numbness and tingling that can prove disruptive. If you have been diagnosed with this condition, you’re probably seeking ways to address the symptoms. There are surgical options for treating spinal stenosis, but symptoms can typically be managed through less invasive means. In the following article, we’ll discuss a few of the available conservative treatment options, but you need to check with your physician before beginning any sort of treatment regimen.
Conservative spinal stenosis treatments
Many physician-recommended conservative spinal stenosis treatments can be performed at home to help relieve symptoms. One of the most basic is doing moderate exercises to gradually strengthen the muscles of the back and better stabilize the spine. For example, your physician might suggest that you begin swimming on a regular basis because it builds the muscles without the higher potential for injury involved with weightlifting. Stretching is also important because carefully lengthening your muscles can reduce compression in the spine and help improve your range of motion and overall flexibility.
Options for temporary spinal stenosis relief
Long-term treatment options for spinal stenosis require a commitment to produce results, but there are also short-term options for when you’re seeking a quick relief. For example, applying heat or cold to the site of spinal narrowing may provide temporary relief from pain related to your spine condition. You may find that one works better than the other or that alternating hot and cold packs are more effective.
Taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is another commonly recommended approach for managing symptoms. By suppressing the inflammation around the affected area of the spine, you may be able to enjoy a break from spinal stenosis symptoms. For the majority of spinal stenosis patients, these measures are sufficient for keeping symptoms in check.
Surgical options for lasting spinal stenosis relief
However, if you’re part of the minority who don’t experience adequate relief from their symptoms after several weeks or months, surgery may be recommended. Be sure to consider all of the options available to you, including the minimally invasive procedures performed by the board-certified surgeons+ at Laser Spine Institute. To learn more about spinal stenosis nonsurgical treatments and the procedures offered by Laser Spine Institute, contact us today.
Through the use of small incisions that are muscle sparing, our procedures are able to relieve the pressure on the spinal cord caused by spinal stenosis. This is done by either removing part or all of the damaged discs from the spine, depending on the severity of your condition. Through a free MRI review,* we can help you find out if you are a candidate for our procedures and get you back to the activities you have been missing out on.