Spinal stenosis is more common in those over the age of 50 and could be the result of a genetic inheritance or something that was acquired over time, due to the aging process. Additionally, spinal stenosis is often induced by trauma to the back or neck that causes damage to the anatomy of the spine. A car accident or a fall, for example.
Can stenosis be treated?
Ultimately, the answer is yes. Most people, understandably, want to try some conservative methods before jumping straight to surgery, particularly if you’ve just been diagnosed or if your pain is intermittent.
First, try some self-care at home to alleviate your pain. Some self-care methods may include:
- Topical pain relievers (i.e. Icy Hot or Biofreeze)
- Correct your posture when sitting and standing
- Stay hydrated
- Eat a nutritious diet
- Stop smoking and reduce alcohol consumption.
Second, general practitioners or pain management doctors may pursue non-surgical treatments to help the patient find pain relief. This can include:
- Physical therapy to strengthen the neck and back
- Over-the-counter or prescribed medications
- Epidural steroid injections
However, in some patients, the pressure on the spinal cord creates symptoms far too debilitating to lead a productive life. Since spinal stenosis is at its core a condition that compresses the spinal canal, a surgery for spinal stenosis would have to relieve that compression in order to alleviate the symptoms associated with it.
If you’re pain and symptoms are acute or if you have been dealing with this pain for some time, Bonati surgeons can perform an array of procedures to decompress the affected area and treat spinal stenosis. These procedures, created and patented by Dr. Bonati, are totally unlike traditional open back surgeries. The Bonati procedures are performed in an outpatient setting and performed with patented instruments designed to minimize tissue damage, blood loss, and recovery time. The procedures for stenosis may include:
If you have tried all the above methods before surgery and would like to know more about if the decompression procedures we offer can help you, allow our physicians and staff to review your case. Over 55,000 procedures have been performed with out exclusive techniques. Click here to discuss your condition with one of our patient advocates or call us at 855-267-0482.