What a doctor may initially recommend for spinal stenosis treatment
Spinal stenosis is described as the narrowing of the spinal canal in your lumbar or lower back. Once diagnosed with this chronic condition, spinal stenosis treatment usually begins with conservative methods. If your life has been put on hold from stenosis pain, you may be glad to know that many patients do not require surgery for stenosis to regain a high quality of life.
Depending on the location of nerve compression in the neck or back, the symptoms requiring treatment can be shooting pain in the back, tingling, numbness and muscle weakness. Read on to learn more about the conservative and alternative treatments available for pain relief as well as when surgical intervention may become an option.
Conservative spinal stenosis treatments
To relieve painful nerve compression symptoms, your doctor will probably recommend some of the following conservative spinal stenosis treatment methods:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Pain medication
- Physical therapy
- Epidural steroids
- Hot/cold therapy
- Low-impact exercise
- Lifestyle changes, like losing weight or quitting smoking
Alternative spinal stenosis treatments
Although alternative spinal stenosis treatment methods are outside the medical mainstream, many patients have been able to find meaningful relief from these treatments. Some methods are even starting to gain acceptance from doctors looking to take a more holistic approach to pain management. Alternative treatments can include massage, acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments, meditation, Pilates or yoga. As always, keep your doctor informed of any alternative therapy you decide to undergo.
When spinal stenosis surgery becomes an option
Although the majority of patients find relief from their spinal stenosis symptoms with several weeks or months of conservative treatments, a small percentage of patients may not respond to these methods and continue to be debilitated by their symptoms. At this point, a doctor may recommend surgery to attempt a permanent solution for stenosis causes.
If your doctor has asked you to think about surgical spinal stenosis treatment, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about our outpatient procedures. Our board-certified surgeons+ perform minimally invasive surgeries to treat a number of degenerative spine conditions that can cause spinal stenosis, such as herniated and bulging discs, facet joint cysts, thickened ligaments, arthritis and bone spurs.
The procedures at Laser Spine Institute offer a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery.^ Our orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons are able to use a less than 1-inch incision that spares the muscles in order to make a window in the bone and access the spinal canal. Thereby, removing the offending material that is narrowing the canal and providing the patient with lasting relief.
Laser Spine Institute is the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery and has helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck or back pain. Reach out to us today and we’ll conduct a no-cost review* of your MRI to determine if you could be a candidate for one of our minimally invasive surgeries.