Prescription drug treatments for spinal stenosis are a common method used to relieve chronic pain for this condition. Stenosis is defined as a narrowing of the spine, which can compress the spinal cord or nerve roots in some cases. This compression is the source of the debilitating symptoms that may have caused you to seek treatment in the first place. Symptoms of spinal stenosis can include local and traveling pain, muscle spasms, and joint or muscle stiffness.
If you have received a diagnosis, the first step in an effective spinal stenosis treatment plan is usually working with your doctor to find a combination of conservative methods that are best for your specific situation. Some of the most effective methods are the use of hot and cold compresses, chiropractic manipulation, physical therapy, weight management and over-the-counter pain medication. To learn about the specific drugs used for spinal stenosis as well as the alternative treatments available for relief, read the following article.
Why prescription drugs are used
When your pain is too severe for over-the-counter medication to provide sufficient pain relief, prescription pain medication can offer dosages and delivery methods that are more effective. However, there are risks and side effects from these medications that require caution and the supervision of a doctor.
Some of the most commonly prescribed treatments include:
Epidural steroid injections
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
If conservative treatment has not helped
If you find that several weeks or months of prescription drugs are not working as well as you had hoped, or if you are seeking more permanent relief than drugs can provide, you may want to consider the minimally invasive procedures performed at USA Spine Care. Our spinal stenosis surgery uses small incisions and muscle-sparing techniques, allowing for a low risk of complication and infection.^ To learn more about our procedures, contact our dedicated team today.
With a quicker recuperation period^ than highly invasive treatments like open back surgery, and often more permanent relief than drugs provide, our outpatient procedures can help you return to a more active lifestyle. Reach out to us today for a free MRI review* and to receive more information about whether you are a candidate for our procedures. We can help you recapture your quality of life form spinal stenosis.
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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.
For more information, visit usaspinecare.com/results. The information contained on this website is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to serve as a replacement for a medical diagnosis.
*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.