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It is recommended that non surgical spinal stenosis treatment should initially be attempted for 6-8 weeks before surgery is considered an option. Treating the condition that is causing the stenosis in the spine through conservative methods has high rates of success.
Initial treatment of spinal stenosis acts to treat the acute injury. Rest, ice packs, and non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs help to relieve inflammation in the early stages of injury. 48 - 72 hours after the injury, heat should start to be applied to stimulate blood flow and encourage healing in the area.
More aggressive treatments such as physical therapy, chiropractic manipulation may be require in more sever cases. Acupuncture may also be attempted to relieve pain and soreness.
When putting together a treatment plan for your spinal stenosis, the condition of your spine and the impact your symptoms have on your daily life are taken into consideration, as some people will have severe symptoms while others with similar spinal narrowing will only experience mild symptoms of stenosis. With our guidance, you will receive proper treatment.
Surgery for spinal stenosis should be only considered once all conservative methods of treatment have been exhausted. In a few rare cases where the patient is experiencing numbness or muscle weakness interfering with their ability to walk or if they are having problems with bowel or bladder function, immediate surgical intervention may be required.
Endoscopic spine procedures can be used to correct many of the conditions that cause chronic back pain or to repair failed previous surgeries.- Kaixuan Liu, MD, PhD President, Atlantic Spine Center Read More about Dr.Liu