Spinal stenosis — modern treatment options

Spinal stenosis is a degenerative spine condition in which the spinal canal narrows and compresses the spinal cord. While this effect is not painful on its own, sometimes pain is triggered if the narrowing spinal canal pushes a nerve root into a component of the spine.

While there are many treatment options available for patients diagnosed with spinal stenosis, the best approach to finding a treatment option that works for you is to locate and determine the severity of your spinal stenosis and then diagnose the cause of your condition. Most cases of spinal stenosis result from the natural aging and deterioration process of the spine, though a few cases of this condition are caused by sudden injury. Typically, spinal stenosis that develops over time due to age is a slowly recognized pain, whereas spinal stenosis from an injury is more sudden or immediate pain.

Diagnosing spinal stenosis

Before you and your physician determine the best course of action to treat your spinal stenosis, your physician must first diagnose the location of your condition and the severity. If the spinal stenosis is caused by the natural degeneration of the spine, it will usually develop in the cervical spine (neck) or lumbar spine (lower back). This is because the cervical spine and lumbar spine are the only regions of the spine that allow movement and support significant parts of the body, i.e. the head and the majority of the body’s weight, respectively.

Your physician will most likely order an MRI test or CT scan to take a closer look at your spine before suggesting a treatment regimen. If your condition is caused by degeneration of the spine, such as degenerative disc disease or herniated disc, your physician might recommend that you start a series of conservative treatment in order to realign and lengthen the components of your spine with the goal of widening your spinal canal back to normal width.

Modern treatment for spinal stenosis

At Laser Spine Institute, we are committed to medical advancement and achievement and patient-centered care. When those three passions come together, our patients are able to experience the best in minimally invasive spine surgery. That’s why every year more patients come to Laser Spine Institute for minimally invasive surgery than any other surgery center in the world. Our advanced technology has helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain, and we can help you treat your spinal stenosis with one of our minimally invasive procedures.

Each minimally invasive surgery is performed through a small, 1-inch incision that avoids the disturbance of the surrounding muscles and tissues. Because of the minimally invasive nature of our surgery, each surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure at one of our seven world-class surgery centers across the country. Our minimally invasive surgery has earned a patient satisfaction score of 96 and patient recommendation score of 97 out of 100.^

For more information about how our medically advanced minimally invasive surgery can treat your spinal stenosis, please contact our Care Team today.