Spinal stenosis non-surgical treatment options
Living with spinal stenosis can present a number of challenges, with pain, stiffness, weakness, numbness and other symptoms 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 most patients’ symptoms can be managed through less invasive means. In the following paragraphs, 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.
Long-term, conservative spinal stenosis treatments
Many physician-recommended conservative spinal stenosis treatments can be performed at home to help mitigate 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 relief
Long-term treatment options for spinal stenosis require 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 applications is more effective. Taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is another commonly recommended approach for managing symptoms. By quelling the inflammation around the affected area of the spine, you may be able to enjoy a break from the pain, stiffness and other spinal stenosis symptoms.
For the majority of spinal stenosis patients, these measures are sufficient for keeping symptoms in check. However, if you’re part of the minority who don’t experience adequate relief from their symptoms, surgery may be recommended. Be sure to consider all of the options available to you, including the minimally invasive procedures performed by skilled surgeons at Laser Spine Institute, the leading spine surgery provider in the world.
To learn more about spinal stenosis, non-surgical treatments and the procedures offered by Laser Spine Institute, contact us today. We can review* your MRI report at no cost and help you find out if you are a candidate for our procedures.