Spinal stenosis treatment — conservative options and surgical procedures
Patients diagnosed with spinal stenosis can seek different treatment options to help relieve the pain and other symptoms associated with this spine condition.
Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal or nerve root exits in the spinal column. This can cause the compression of nerve roots or the spinal cord and result 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 doctor about possible treatment options to help relieve 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 and improve range of motion. Conservative treatments for spinal stenosis include:
- Physical therapy
- Chiropractic care
- Medication as needed
- Spinal injections
- Hot / cold therapy
- Therapeutic massage
Conservative treatments can usually be combined to create a comprehensive treatment plan. Consult your doctor before adding new treatments into your routine, and notify him or her if you feel unusual or sudden discomfort during or immediately after a treatment.
Surgical treatment options for spinal stenosis
If you have tried a full course of conservative treatment options and have been unable to find the relief you require for a good quality of life, 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^ for spinal stenosis. Our highly skilled surgeons perform minimally invasive decompression surgery and minimally invasive stabilization surgery on an outpatient basis.