Foraminal stenosis treatment is sometimes necessary to address discomfort caused by a narrowing effect that takes place in the spine. Specifically, the openings in the vertebrae (foramina) — which serve as passageways for nerve roots to branch away from the spinal cord — can become constricted due to the presence of displaced tissue, such as a herniated disc, bone spur or inflamed ligament. The condition is often associated with age-related spinal degeneration.
Foraminal stenosis does not always require treatment. However, if a partially blocked foramen creates pressure on a sensitive nerve root, the nerve may become irritated and cause pain, weakness, numbness and tingling sensations that travel along the nerve’s pathway. If you’ve been diagnosed with foraminal stenosis, it was probably because you experienced symptoms like these and brought them to the attention of a physician.
Nonsurgical treatment options
After talking with your physician, you’ll likely discover that surgery is not your only option for foraminal stenosis treatment — at least not initially. In fact, many people find nonsurgical approaches to be effective enough to eliminate the need for surgical intervention. Your physician can help you find the best treatment regimen for addressing your foraminal stenosis symptoms. Some options include:
- Regular exercise, such as walking, swimming, yoga and other low-impact activities
- Lifestyle changes, such as weight loss and smoking cessation, if applicable
- Over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications taken as needed
- A series of corticosteroid injections
If you need further relief
If your discomfort is severe and conservative treatment brings you little to no lasting relief, you might want to explore your surgical options. When you are ready, consider talking with the experts at USA Spine Care. Our minimally invasive spine surgery is often the clinically appropriate first choice and provides many advantages over open neck or back surgery for foraminal stenosis treatment.
To learn more, contact USA Spine Care today.