What are the possible treatment methods for spinal stenosis?
The goal of spinal stenosis treatment should be to relieve neck or back pain associated with the narrowing of the spinal column. Narrowing is usually caused by a variety of common age-related spine conditions and, in rarer cases, traumatic injury. This condition can become chronically painful and limit your daily activities, as even a simple task like pushing a grocery cart can be a difficult experience.
Spinal stenosis can occur at any level of the spine, but it is most often found in the lower (lumbar) and upper (cervical) regions. This is because the neck and lower back support the weight of the head and the upper body, respectively. The amount of flexing and bending required for basic movement takes a toll over the years, causing the parts of the spinal column to break down as we all age.
You may be suffering from spinal stenosis for years and not know it. Painful symptoms usually happen because of nerve interference, which is why many first go to their doctor for a diagnosis and treatment plan. The narrowing occurs in most cases from a related degenerative spine condition, like a bone spur, herniated disc or swollen ligament, which constricts the already tight space for nerves to travel.
Spinal nerve compression can produce symptoms such as local and radiating pain, numbness and muscle weakness in the extremities. If you are suffering from these debilitating symptoms, inform yourself about the conservative and minimally invasive treatments available for spinal stenosis through the following article.
The conservative approach to spinal stenosis
Upon diagnosis, the first step in spinal stenosis treatment is for your doctor to work with you in developing an individualized care plan. The fact is many patients suffering from spinal stenosis pain can return to normal activities without resorting to surgery. This is because a range of more conservative treatment is usually effective in bringing meaningful relief from symptoms.
Some of the most commonly used methods can be:
- Over-the-counter and prescription pain medication
- Stretching to improve flexibility and muscle strength
- Physical therapy
- Massage therapy
- Intermittent rest
- Low-impact exercise
- Hot and cold compresses
- Corticosteroid injections
- Chiropractic adjustments
Minimally invasive spinal stenosis treatment
Should conservative spinal stenosis treatment prove ineffective over the course of several weeks or months, surgery might become an option. However, before consenting to undergo highly invasive traditional open spine surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute. We offer safer and effective alternatives^ to traditional open spine surgery, in the form of minimally invasive spine surgery.
Our orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons perform a variety of outpatient procedures through a small incision that is muscle sparing in order to help patients find relief from neck and back pain. Laser Spine Institute will provide a free MRI review* to help determine whether you are a candidate for our procedures. Reach out to our dedicated team today so we can help you on your journey to wellness.