Prescription drug treatments for spinal stenosis
Prescription drug treatments for spinal stenosis are a common method used to relieve chronic pain for this condition. Stenosis is defined as a narrowing of the spine, which can compress the spinal cord or nerve roots in some cases. This compression is the source of the debilitating symptoms that may have caused you to seek treatment in the first place. Symptoms of spinal stenosis can include local and traveling pain, muscle spasms, and joint or muscle stiffness.
If you have received a diagnosis, the first step in an effective spinal stenosis treatment plan is usually working with your doctor to find a combination of conservative, nonsurgical methods that are best for your specific situation. Some of the most effective methods are the use of hot and cold compresses, rest, physical therapy, weight loss and over-the-counter pain medication.
Why prescription drugs are used
When your pain is too severe for over-the-counter medication to provide sufficient pain relief, prescription pain medication can offer dosages and delivery methods that are more effective. However, there are risks and side effects from these medications that require caution and the supervision of a physician. Some of the most commonly prescribed treatments include:
- Epidural steroid injections
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
- Pain medications
- Tricyclic antidepressants
If conservative treatment has not helped
If you find that prescription drugs are not working as well as you had hoped, or if you are seeking more permanent relief than drugs can provide, you may want to consider the state-of-the-art, minimally invasive procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute. With a quicker recuperation period^ than more invasive treatments like open back surgery – and often more permanent relief than drugs provide – our outpatient procedures can help you return to a more active lifestyle. Contact us today for a no-cost review* of your MRI report, and to receive more information about whether you are a candidate for our procedures.