What to do after receiving a foraminal stenosis diagnosis

After being diagnosed with foraminal stenosis, you may find yourself wondering about the causes, symptoms and available treatment options to treat your pain and symptoms. Foraminal stenosis is simply the narrowing of the foramina or the openings through which the nerves exit the spinal canal. When these openings become constricted, the nerve may become pinched and irritated. This can cause a number of symptoms as well as debilitating pain which is described in the following article.

Causes of foraminal stenosis

This condition is generally caused by other conditions where elements of the spinal canal build up within the foramina. These conditions often include:

  • Bone spurs, which are smooth excess growths that can compress spinal nerves.
  • Herniated or bulging discs, as degenerative disc disease. The natural deterioration of the spinal discs over time can exert pressure on spinal nerves when the discs bulge or even burst open.
  • Spinal arthritis, which is the degeneration of spinal joints (facet joints) that can lead to foraminal stenosis.

Foraminal stenosis symptoms

Suffering from the compression related to foraminal stenosis can greatly impact your ability to enjoy daily activities. Some of the most commonly associated symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Tingling
  • Weakness
  • Shooting pain
  • Inability to walk or stand for long periods
  • Numbness
  • Burning sensations

Treatment options for foraminal stenosis

Before looking into surgical options, it is important to look into the conservative treatments available to you. We often recommend patients suffering from foraminal stenosis to try treatments such as physical therapy, pain medications and chiropractic visits before moving forward with surgical options. For many patients, these conservative treatments are successful in treating and managing their pain and symptoms.

However, for a portion of patients, these treatments may fail to bring any relief. Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive procedures as a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck and back surgery.^ If conservative treatments are no longer bringing you the relief you need, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about the advantages of our spine surgery.

Since 2005, we have helped more than 75,000 patients regain their quality of life after experiencing painful symptoms resulting from foraminal stenosis, setting us apart as the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. To find out if you are a candidate for our outpatient procedures, reach out to our dedicated team today and ask for a no-cost MRI review.*