Non-Surgical Spinal Stenosis Treatments:
Physical therapy is very common when treating spinal stenosis, due to the fact that patients tend to become inactive in an effort to relieve the pain. While this is common, it can often lead to muscle weakness, which in turn can result in more pain. A physical therapist is important at this step to teach you exercises that can help:
- Maintain the flexibility and stability of your spine
- Build up your strength and endurance
- Improve your balance
Once you have completed physical therapy your doctor may suggest a steroid injection. While injections are not for everyone, it can relieve a lot of pain in some patients.
Surgical Spinal Stenosis Treatments:
If conservative treatments don’t offer relief. Your physician may recommend surgery. To include the following:
Cervical Laminectomy Laminectomy (a Spinal Decompression) is a surgical procedure that removes the back wall of the spinal canal, called lamina, to create more space for the spinal cord, thus relieving pressure on the spinal cord and/or spinal nerves.
Lumbar Decompression: This procedure involves removing all or portions of the lamina, bone spurs and/or enlarging foramen to relieve pressure or compression on the nerve roots or spinal cord. This pressure often is the cause of the pain.
Spinal Fusion: Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure that helps to relieve pain in the vertebrae (spinal bones) by fusing two or more vertebrae together to reduce motion. This procedure is done through a bone graft or a metal implant.