Spinal stenosis is the abnormal narrowing and compression of the spinal cord. It typically occurs gradually. When there is minimal narrowing, symptoms usually are not present. However, with significant narrowing, the nerves are compressed and other complications can arise.
What is the best treatment for spinal stenosis?
Alternative therapies are a great way to expand your treatment options and help you manage the pain associated with spinal stenosis. The most common alternative treatments used to treat spinal stenosis are:
Acupuncture – Can help reduce pressure points associated with spinal stenosis
Chiropractic care – Can help reduce pain and swelling and provide relief for symptoms
Massages – Physical manipulation of the back muscles can help in the alleviation of pain and inflammation
Exercise routines with yoga or tai chi – Yoga and tai chi help to improve range of motion and can help in the reduction of symptoms
Surgery – Typically the last resort for spinal stenosis, surgery can help alleviate pain caused by the condition.
What is the latest treatment for spinal stenosis?
The most extreme treatment option for spinal stenosis is surgery and your doctor will only recommended it if you have difficulty walking, can no longer properly control your bladder or bowels or are experiencing a lot of pain. Although surgery will not cure spinal stenosis, it can help in the alleviation of pain and to restore normal functionality. To treat spinal stenosis, the most common types of surgery include:
Foraminotomy – A foraminotomy involves the expansion of the portion of the vertebrae where the nerve roots extend to the rest of your body.
Laminectomy – The most common type of surgery for spinal stenosis, a laminectomy involves the doctor removing the ligaments, spurs and bone that are applying pressure to the nerves.
Spinal Fusion – Often performed at the same time as a laminectomy, spinal fusions are performed to reduce spine movement by joining the vertebrae together.
MILD® Procedure – This lumbar decompression treatment is minimally invasive and prevents instability and offers a faster recovery than traditional fusion surgery. Thousands of MILD procedures have been safely performed to help patients with spinal stenosis.
Vertiflex® Spine Treatment – A titanium decompression spacer is implanted between the vertebrae to relieve pressure during this alternative to more invasive surgeries.
Can spinal stenosis be treated?
While spinal stenosis cannot be cured, it typically responds well to treatment, such as physical therapy, injections and varying types of surgery. There are many treatments available to help patients find relief from their symptoms, from chiropractic care and massage therapy, to surgery and minimally invasive procedures.
Can a neurosurgeon treat spinal stenosis?
Yes, neurosurgeons are qualified to treat spinal stenosis. Neurosurgeons are trained in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders involving:
- Spine and spinal cord
- Intracranial and intraspinal vasculature
Some neurosurgeons specialize exclusively on brain surgery, while some specialize on spine surgery. Of course, there are neurosurgeons who split their practice between the two.
If you or someone you know has spinal stenosis, come to Ramos Center today! Our kind and compassionate staff are experienced in treating spinal stenosis and can help provide you with relief and alleviation of your symptoms. If your symptoms are severe, do not hesitate to book an appointment with one of our specialists today. Contact our office today to talk with a member of our specialist team. Visit us online or simply give us a call to book an appointment!
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