When part of a foraminal narrowing treatment plan, physical therapy has the potential to help patients overcome their symptoms and return to the activities they enjoy. Foraminal narrowing (or foraminal stenosis) is characterized by the narrowing of the spinal canal, which can lead to compression on the spinal cord, nerve roots and nearby structures.
Physical therapy takes a more natural approach to foraminal narrowing treatment than surgery or drugs. While many people are familiar with physical therapy and its potential benefits, few know exactly what it entails. In short, physical therapy involves two main types of treatment:
- Active treatment. Low-impact aerobics, gentle strengthening exercises and stretches for the spine are key parts of physical therapy. If the muscles and ligaments that support the spine are tight or weak, foraminal stenosis symptoms may only grow worse. These routines are carefully developed and overseen by the patient’s physical therapist, who may also suggest the patient try certain moves at home in between visits.
- Passive treatment. Nonsurgical treatments like ultrasound therapy, iontophoresis and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) are often used in conjunction with physical treatment to help decrease pain around the area affected by foraminal stenosis.
Many patients with foraminal stenosis are able to effectively manage their symptoms with conservative methods like physical therapy, anti-inflammatory injections and pain medications. However, in the event that your symptoms remain despite several months of conservative treatment, you may be a candidate for minimally invasive surgery at USA Spine Care.
The leader in minimally invasive neck and back pain treatment, USA Spine Care offers its patients a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine operations.^ Our procedures are performed on an outpatient basis by board-certified surgeons+ and only require a less than 1-inch incision.
Contact USA Spine Care to learn how you can receive a free MRI review* and learn if you are a candidate for minimally invasive treatment at one of our world-class surgery centers.
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