Modern treatment options for spinal stenosis
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Spinal stenosis is a term describing narrowing in the spinal column. Although not necessarily painful, spinal stenosis can cause symptoms as a result of nerve compression.
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 work with your doctor to 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 process of the spine, although factors like injury can also contribute.
Diagnosing spinal stenosis
Before you and your doctor determine the best course of action to treat your spinal stenosis, he or she must first diagnose the location and severity of your condition. If the spinal stenosis is primarily caused by the natural degeneration of the spine, it will usually develop in the cervical (upper) spine or lumbar (lower) spine. This is because these regions support so much of the body’s weight while being relatively flexible.
Your doctor will most likely order an MRI or CT scan to take a closer look at your spine before recommending a plan of treatment. If your condition is caused by degeneration of the spine, such as degenerative disc disease, spinal arthritis or herniated disc, your doctor might recommend you start a series of conservative treatments. While conservative options are often effective, surgery can become an option if weeks or months of treatment have not brought the relief necessary for a good quality of life. Patients concerned about the risks and difficulties associated with traditional open spine surgery should consider the benefits of more minimally invasive procedures made possible by advancements in modern medical treatment.
Modern treatment for spinal stenosis
Laser Spine Institute is the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery and we’ve helped more than 75,000 patients find relief since 2005, helping to establish us as the leader in this exciting field.
Our procedures are performed through a less than 1-inch incision that avoids the disturbance of the surrounding muscles and tissues. Because of the muscle-sparing nature of our surgery, each procedure is performed on an outpatient basis at one of our state-of-the-art surgery centers across the country. For more information about how our minimally invasive surgery can treat your spinal stenosis, please contact our caring team today.
We can offer a no-cost MRI or CT scan review* to help you determine if you may be candidate for one of our procedures.