What can be done to help spinal stenosis?
Spinal stenosis refers to a condition that causes the spinal canal to narrow, which can pinch the spinal cord and cause a number of unpleasant symptoms. If you have spinal stenosis, you may experience back pain that comes and goes, and radiating numbness, pins-and-needles sensations, tingling or weakness from your arms and hands all the way to your legs and feet.
If you are experiencing any of these spinal stenosis symptoms, you may be pleased to know that there are many conservative treatment methods available to help you achieve relief. After speaking with your doctor, you may be encouraged to try any of the following:
- Exercise. Exercise will increase blood circulation to the back, strengthen the muscles around the spine and help maintain flexibility, all of which will help alleviate pain caused by spinal stenosis and prevent the condition from getting worse. Talk to your doctor about what activities you can engage in that won’t exacerbate your symptoms.
- Medication management. Anti-inflammatory medication, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, can be helpful in alleviating painful spinal stenosis symptoms. Some physicians may even prescribe muscle relaxers and nerve-desensitizing medications to provide short-term relief.
- Injections. A cortisone injection into the epidural space can reduce inflammation and block nerve pain, temporarily relieving symptoms of spinal stenosis for a few months.
- Acupuncture. A popular alternative form of medicine, acupuncture involves placing thin acupuncture needles on the points that affect the area of the body where you’re experiencing symptoms in an effort to restore the healthy, energetic flow of chi.
While spinal stenosis can sometimes be successfully treated without surgery, minimally invasive treatment options exist when conservative methods don’t alleviate the pain. At Laser Spine Institute, we are the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, which is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery.^ In fact, it is often clinically appropriate, since it involves a smaller incision and muscle-sparing techniques.
For more information about our minimally invasive spine surgeries and how they can help treat spinal stenosis, please contact us today. When you call, we’ll be happy to answer your questions and help you set up a free MRI review* to determine whether you might be a candidate for our procedures.