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Three alternative treatment options for foraminal stenosis

If you have developed pain, pins-and-needles sensations, range of motion issues and other debilitating symptoms as a result of foraminal stenosis, you know that finding effective treatment is a priority. Foraminal stenosis, or narrowing of one or more of the nerve root exits in the spinal column, is usually an age-related condition with the goal of treatment being to manage symptoms and improve mobility.

Foraminal stenosis treatment typically begins with conventional nonsurgical methods like hot/cold therapy, massage, over-the-counter medication and physical therapy. Additionally, some patients also choose to pursue alternative treatments that are outside of the medical mainstream. The following overview can help you better understand the full range of methods available for foraminal stenosis and help you as you partner with your doctor to develop a personalized treatment plan.

Talk to your doctor about these alternative foraminal stenosis treatments

Here are three popular alternative foraminal stenosis treatments that patients pursue:

  1. Acupuncture. Although researchers still don’t fully understand how it works, there is some evidence that this ancient Chinese practice involving the insertion of needles into the surface of the skin can help relieve pain related to spine conditions.
  2. Restorative yoga. Low impact yoga and other forms of gentle stretching offer a range of benefits to patients with foraminal stenosis. Regular yoga practice can help improve spinal flexibility, relieve pressure on the spinal discs, joints and nerves and also help improve mental health by fostering body awareness and mindfulness.
  3. Herbal remedies. Certain natural treatments like cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, garlic and St. John’s wort have been shown to have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. A licensed herbalist can help you develop a treatment plan based on supplements or by using these as ingredients in a healthy diet.

When attempting any form of natural or alternative medicine, make sure that the practitioner you consult is reputable and has any needed credentials and licenses required in his or her field. You should also work with your primary physician to smoothly integrate these treatments into your existing care plan.

Foraminal stenosis surgery

If you have pursued conservative and alternative foraminal stenosis treatments for weeks and months without finding the relief necessary to enjoy your favorite people and activities, your doctor may suggest spine surgery. As a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck or back procedures, USA Spine Care provides minimally invasive spine surgery that can be performed on an outpatient basis.^ To learn more, contact us today.

We’re pleased to offer a free MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.

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