What are some alternative therapies for spinal stenosis?

Many people who experience discomfort related to spinal stenosis are able to achieve meaningful relief with conservative treatments, such as physical therapy and over-the-counter medications. To address very severe or persistent symptoms, some people ultimately elect surgery. While each of these treatments is unique, they are all based on the traditional Western approach to medicine. But, there may be other options as well. For instance, some people benefit from complementary and alternative medicine.

Alternative therapies for spinal stenosis

If you are interested in trying some alternative therapies for spinal stenosis, you should talk with a health care professional who can suggest the best course of action to meet your individual needs and goals. For instance, you might discuss:

  • Therapeutic massage. A customized massage performed by an experienced therapist can promote relaxation, reduce muscle tension and, in turn, alleviate pain.
  • Homeopathy. A number of herbal remedies, such as chondroitin sulfate, glucosamine and hyaluronic acid, have shown some promise in helping patients manage the pain associated with spinal stenosis.
  • Acupuncture. By inserting a series of fine needles into specific areas of the body, a practitioner can stimulate healing by restoring a healthy flow of energy (Chi). Acupuncture may also prompt the release of endorphins, the body’s own “feel good” hormones.

As with any treatment for spinal stenosis, you should consult with your physician before you try something new. That’s the best way to ensure that you minimize the risks and maximize the benefits of your treatment. For instance, some herbal remedies can potentially interfere with the effects of prescription or over-the-counter medications.

Surgical treatment

Perhaps you’ve reached the point where you’ve exhausted all of your conservative options, including complementary and alternative treatments. If you still haven’t found sufficient relief from your spinal stenosis symptoms, contact Laser Spine Institute. Our surgeons perform minimally invasive outpatient surgery that is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery.^ We can provide you with a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a candidate for our procedures.

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