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Canal stenosis treatment options

What is canal stenosis?

Each vertebra in the spine has a small hole that aligns with holes in neighboring vertebrae. The space created by these holes is called the spinal canal, which houses the spinal cord. Canal stenosis occurs when the spinal canal becomes abnormally narrow. Narrowing of the spinal canal can cause pinched nerves and complications with the spinal cord. Symptoms may include any of the following:

  • Pain that radiates from the spine
  • Clumsiness and frequent falling
  • Tingling, numbness or burning sensation
  • Difficulty and discomfort when walking
  • Symptoms that worsen when active
  • Symptoms that improve when lying down

The most common cause of canal stenosis is the natural aging process and everyday wear and tear on the spine. By the age of 50, most people show some signs of spinal degeneration. Factors that can contribute to or aggravate canal stenosis include: arthritis, injury, genetics, spondylolisthesis, a tumor, facet joints, bone spurs and disc problems.

Conservative canal stenosis treatment

For most people experiencing painful symptoms caused by canal stenosis, a combination of conservative treatments can help to manage symptoms and allow them to participate in their normal daily activities. Conservative treatment for canal stenosis includes:

  • Rest
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Heat and ice therapy
  • Exercise and stretching
  • Pain medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Steroid injections

In addition to conservative treatment, your physician may also recommend lifestyle modification such as reducing alcohol intake, quitting smoking, losing excess weight and avoiding high impact and contact sports. Some people find symptom relief with alternative and complementary medicine such as chiropractic care, hydrotherapy, herbal therapy, aromatherapy and acupuncture.

Surgical canal stenosis treatment

If after a few months your symptoms persist despite conservative treatment, talk to your physician about surgical treatment for canal stenosis. At Laser Spine Institute we perform minimally invasive canal stenosis surgery. Depending on your specific condition, symptoms and overall health, one of our highly trained surgeons will make a customized treatment recommendation that may include one of the following minimally invasive canal stenosis procedures:

  • Laminotomy
  • Decompression with Interlaminar Stabilization device ®
  • Anterior cervical discectomy fusion
  • Cervical disc replacement
  • Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion
  • Lateral lumbar interbody fusion

Contact Laser Spine Institute today. We offer a no-cost* MRI review so we can determine if you are a candidate for one of our minimally invasive canal stenosis procedures. We have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from neck and back pain and have a patient satisfaction score of 96.^ Find out if surgery at our Tampa facility can help to relieve your painful canal stenosis symptoms.