If you have chronic back pain, you might have spinal stenosis. This is when the spinal nerve roots in the lower back (lumbar spine) or neck (cervical spine) become compressed. Lumbar stenosis can also cause leg pain and tingling, while cervical stenosis is associated with arm pain.
Back surgery is often required for advanced spinal stenosis, but you should always try nonsurgical treatment options first to avoid potential complications and a long recovery time. Here are eight ways to treat spinal stenosis without surgery.
Physical therapy is a fundamental part of any spinal stenosis treatment program. Stretches and exercises won’t cure your condition, but physical therapy is vital to prevent physical debilitation caused by inactivity. The key is to start slowly so you build strength and tolerance in your spine over time. We may recommend beginning with supervised physical therapy at our office and gradually transition to an at-home regimen.
It’s best to avoid activities that worsen your symptoms. For instance, if you have lumbar stenosis, you probably feel more comfortable when your spine is bent forward slightly. The activity modifications we might suggest in this situation include:
While not a cure for spinal stenosis, inflammation injections at Back 2 Health improve your range of motion and provide temporary pain relief right at the source. The results often last for weeks, and you can return to our office for repeat treatments within the recommended timeframe.
Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen or aspirin can help alleviate the pain associated with spinal stenosis. Stronger prescription medications ranging from muscle relaxers to anti-depressants to narcotic drugs can also be used, but you should learn about the side effects of any medicine before you decide to start taking it.
We often recommend chiropractic adjustments for patients with spinal stenosis. This treatment option releases pressure on the nerves and realigns your vertebrae. By combining chiropractic care with other alternative treatments at our office, you might find that your symptoms improve dramatically in just a few visits.
Closely related to chiropractic care, muscle manipulation through massage helps to reduce the inflammation compressing your spine. These two treatments go hand in hand, and you can seek both at our office in Goose Creek.
The purpose of lumbar traction is to gently stretch the compressed sections of your spine. This straightens the spine and helps your body heal itself faster. Lumbar traction may not be right for you if you have osteoporosis.
We offer targeted treatment sessions that provide either cervical or lumbar decompression, depending on your symptoms. According to a clinical study performed by Orthopedic Technological Review in 2004, 86 percent of all qualified patients experience pain relief from spinal decompression.
If these conservative treatments sound better to you than surgery, visit Back 2 Health in Goose Creek. We’ll sit down with you and create a custom plan that combines the above methods in just the right way. If you tackle spinal stenosis early, conservative treatment methods may be all you need to fully heal!
If you’re in pain, don’t delay your visit to our office another day! Start down the road to recovery with these effective ways to treat spinal stenosis. When you’re ready to schedule your free back pain consultation, please call Back 2 Health at (843) 405-0025 or fill out the contact form on the right. Rest assured that we accept most forms of insurance to keep your treatment as affordable as possible.