Spinal stenosis — conservative and surgical treatments for spinal stenosis
Patients diagnosed with spinal stenosis can seek different treatment options to help relieve the pain and side effects associated with the spine condition.
Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal — a condition that causes the compression of nerve roots in the spinal cord and results in chronic, sometimes debilitating, pain. In some cases of severe spinal stenosis, a patient may experience difficulty performing daily tasks and activities.
If you have been diagnosed with spinal stenosis and your condition is preventing you from enjoying life, you should consult your physician about possible treatment options to help alleviate your pain so you can get back to your life.
Conservative treatment options for spinal stenosis
Before investigating surgical options to treat your spinal stenosis, it is important that you first exhaust conservative treatments to find pain relief. Conservative treatments for spinal stenosis include:
- Physical therapy
- Chiropractic care
- Pain medication
- Steroid injections
- Gentle yoga
Conservative treatments can usually be done in conjunction with each other to create a treatment regimen. Consult your physician before adding new treatments into your routine, and notify your physician if you feel extreme discomfort during or immediately after a treatment. You and your physician should work together to find the treatment options that work best for you.
Surgical treatment options for spinal stenosis
If you have tried several types of conservative treatment options and have found no lasting pain relief, you may consider a surgical approach to treating your spinal stenosis.
At Laser Spine Institute, we offer a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery and open back fusion for spinal stenosis. Our two areas of expertise are in minimally invasive decompression surgery and minimally invasive stabilization surgery. The purpose of our minimally invasive surgery for spinal stenosis is to decompress the impacted nerve in the spinal cord and then, if needed, stabilize the spine to help prevent future narrowing.
To determine your candidacy for one of our minimally invasive spine surgeries, consult the team at Laser Spine Institute and we can review* your MRI at no cost. Once we have a proper diagnosis of the cause and severity of your spinal stenosis, we can help you find the treatment options available to you.