Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
In most cases, the treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis begins conservatively. This may include over-the-counter pain medications or prescription medications to relieve pain and inflammation. Physical therapy may also be part of your conservative treatment and may help in controlling your pain by building up strength and endurance as well as maintaining flexibility and stability of your spine.
In addition to the above conservative treatments, steroid injections may also be included as part of your treatment to help reduce inflammation and relieve some of the pain and pressure so that you are able to complete your therapy.
However, in more severe cases where conservative treatments haven't helped or they are not an option because you're disabled by your symptoms and you can't function through your normal daily activities, then surgery may be considered if you are in otherwise good health. The goal of surgery for spinal stenosis is to relieve the pain, numbness or weakness in the thighs and legs. Back pain from spinal stenosis may not be totally relieved through surgery so further therapy may be added as part of the recovery process. Our experts at SCCNS have years of experience in treating spinal stenosis and can discuss the benefits and the risks of surgery. We believe that educating our patients and helping them understand their condition will allow them to make an informed decision as to their treatment and have a more successful procedure.