Spinal Stenosis Treatments
Spinal stenosis–or “narrowing”–can result in a variety of secondary conditions, many of which put pressure on nerves, which in turn causes pain. Treatments focus on freeing the nerve from pressure.
Most initial episodes of acute back pain will resolve on their own with time, rest and over-the-counter anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen. Unfortunately, many patients will experience a recurrence of the back pain, usually within the first year. In this case, you may want to explore the use of stronger non-surgical spinal stenosis treatment options to relieve your pain. These include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, epidural injections, physical therapy, lifestyle modification and alternative therapies such as massage and chiropractic care.
Spinal Stenosis Surgery
If you are still in chronic pain after trying conservative (non-surgical) treatments, your doctor may discuss spine surgery with you.
Many surgeons still perform traditional spine surgery, or “open spine surgery,” despite the sophistication and proven effectiveness of minimally invasive spine surgery in diagnosing and treating spine conditions. Four surgical procedures are typically considered:
- Foraminotomy: removal of bone in the spinal foramen
- Discectomy: removal of some or all of an intervertebral disc
- Laminotomy/Laminectomy: removal of bone near the spinal cord
- Spinal Fusion: fusing two or more vertebrae together
While these surgeries can be effective in removing the spinal debris — such as bulging disc material or bone spurs — compressing your nerve roots and causing your symptoms, even minimally invasive variations may be more invasive than you think. Many involve tearing muscle and drilling bone, and may potentially require multiple procedures to adequately treat your pain.
A Less Invasive Procedure
North American Spine provides a better alternative to minimally invasive spine surgery to treat spinal stenosis. Our precision is higher, our recovery rates are faster, and we have the ability to treat multiple spine levels in one outpatient procedure. There is no need to wait until your pain becomes unbearable.
If you have been diagnosed with spinal stenosis, request a free review of your MRI or CT scan report from our pain experts. The medical team at North American Spine will review your records to understand your condition and determine whether you are a candidate for a North American Spine procedure. If you haven’t had a recent MRI, you can request one from your primary care physician.
How is Spinal Stenosis Treated?
Spinal Stenosis treatment depends on you – your specific physiology and how advanced your case is. The North American Spine medical team and your physician will thoroughly evaluate your situation and recommend a treatment plan to provide both maximum relief and minimum recovery time. Treatment plants are grouped into three categories:
It has now been over one year from my herniated disc procedure and I am still very much pain free. My only wish is that this minimally invasive option was offered 20 years ago.