When suffering from spinal stenosis, a multitude of treatments are used to alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the lumbar or cervical spinal regions. When the channels through which your spinal cord and nerve roots travel become narrower, nerve tissue can be squeezed or compressed. Treatments of this condition may focus solely on reducing symptoms, or in more extreme cases, treatments may involve surgery to reverse the compression of the spine.
Spinal stenosis, if not properly diagnosed or treated, can lead to recurring pain which may limit a person’s daily activities such as the ability to work, travel, or exercise. Visit both our spinal stenosis overview and diagnosing spinal stenosis pages for more details.
The pain of this condition can radiate from your neck or back to your hips, legs and feet. You may also experience numbness, weakness, or a tingling sensation. Some flexibility may be lost, and there can be discomfort when sitting or leaning backwards.
If you believe your back or neck pain is due to spinal stenosis, contact your healthcare provider. He or she will be able to make a proper diagnosis by conducting a physical and neurological examination, and possibly order a CT scan or MRI. Your doctor will also prescribe various spinal stenosis treatments including:
- Over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen to relieve pain and inflammation
- Restricted activity and/or rest
- Hot and cold packs
- Wearing of a back or neck brace
- Epidural steroid injections
- Low-impact exercises like walking or swimming
- Deep tissue massage
In some cases, patients may not respond to conservative treatments. Fortunately, there are other options available for pain relief including the state-of-the-art, minimally invasive procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute. With a quicker recuperation period than other treatments like open-back surgery, our advanced procedures can get you on your way to active lifestyle in no time! Contact us today for a free MRI or CT scan review, and to receive more information about our revolutionary outpatient procedures and outstanding care for our patients.