Living with spinal stenosis can present a number of challenges, with pain, stiffness, weakness, numbness and tingling that can prove disruptive. If you have been diagnosed with this condition, you’re probably seeking ways to address the symptoms. There are surgical options for treating spinal stenosis, but symptoms can typically be managed through less invasive means. In the following article, we’ll discuss a few of the available conservative treatment options, but you need to check with your physician before beginning any sort of treatment regimen.
Conservative spinal stenosis treatments
Many physician-recommended conservative spinal stenosis treatments can be performed at home to help relieve symptoms. One of the most basic is doing moderate exercises to gradually strengthen the muscles of the back and better stabilize the spine. For example, your physician might suggest that you begin swimming on a regular basis because it builds the muscles without the higher potential for injury involved with weightlifting. Stretching is also important because carefully lengthening your muscles can reduce compression in the spine and help improve your range of motion and overall flexibility.
Options for temporary spinal stenosis relief
Long-term treatment options for spinal stenosis require a commitment to produce results, but there are also short-term options for when you’re seeking a quick relief. For example, applying heat or cold to the site of spinal narrowing may provide temporary relief from pain related to your spine condition. You may find that one works better than the other or that alternating hot and cold packs are more effective.
Taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is another commonly recommended approach for managing symptoms. By suppressing the inflammation around the affected area of the spine, you may be able to enjoy a break from spinal stenosis symptoms. For the majority of spinal stenosis patients, these measures are sufficient for keeping symptoms in check.
Surgical options for lasting spinal stenosis relief
However, if you’re part of the minority who don’t experience adequate relief from their symptoms after several weeks or months, surgery may be recommended. Be sure to consider all of the options available to you, including the minimally invasive procedures performed by the board-certified surgeons+ at USA Spine Care. To learn more about spinal stenosis nonsurgical treatments and the procedures offered by USA Spine Care, contact us today.
Through the use of small incisions that are muscle sparing, our procedures are able to relieve the pressure on the spinal cord caused by spinal stenosis. This is done by either removing part or all of the damaged discs from the spine, depending on the severity of your condition. Through a free MRI review,* we can help you find out if you are a candidate for our procedures and get you back to the activities you have been missing out on.
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If you're living with spinal stenosis in the upper spine and searching for relief, reach out to USA Spine Care for help. Our multidisciplinary team is dedicated to helping people develop the right care plan to reach treatment goals and achieve lasting relief.
Patients can expect recovery to last 4-6 weeks in most cases (depending on the complexity of your condition). People who choose minimally invasive spine surgery recover faster and get back to work sooner than those who choose open back surgery. Read more in the links below: Recovery After a ProcedureWhat to ExpectRecovery Times
Problems from anesthesia.
A deep infection in the surgical wound.
A skin infection.
Nerve injury, including weakness, numbness, or paralysis.
Tears in the fibrous tissue that covers the spinal cord and the nerve near the spinal cord. These tears may require more surgery.
Trouble passing urine, or loss of bladder or bowel control.
Long-term (chronic) pain, which happens after surgery in some cases.
The chance that the surgery won't relieve your symptoms. And even if you get better with surgery, there is a chance that you may get new symptoms in the future.
Death from problems caused by surgery, but this is rare.
^Results are typical, but not guaranteed, each patients experience with spine surgery will differ.
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*Our MRI review is an informational review of the MRI report that you provide to us and is not a form of diagnosis. A diagnosis and a final determination of whether you may benefit from treatment at USA Spine Care can only be made after you have been physically examined by our medical professionals at USA Spine Care. The MRI review has no value and will not be billed.