If you’re suffering from spinal stenosis, there are a number of relief options your primary care doctor will likely suggest that you pursue. Some of the most commonly-prescribed medications for spinal stenosis include standard NSAIDs and opioids for generalized pain, muscle relaxants to reduce spasms, anti-seizure drugs for nerve damage pain, and even antidepressants for chronic pain.
Common alternatives to oral medication include the injection of corticosteroids into the area around the stenosis to reduce inflammation (thereby relieving pressure and pain) as well as regular physical therapy. If your spinal stenosis is particularly severe and the previously-mentioned treatments have not been successful, your doctor may suggest surgical intervention. Three main surgical options—laminectomy, laminotomy and laminoplasty—may be suggested to correct spinal canal stenosis.
For some patients, however, relying on prescription pills and undergoing major surgery are not ideal choices. If you are seeking a less-invasive form of management for your spinal stenosis, chiropractic care may be the answer.
A professional chiropractor will first perform a full examination to diagnose your spinal stenosis and evaluate its severity. Then, he will work with you to develop an appropriate management plan that forgoes expensive, invasive methods in favor of gentle spinal manipulations. By focusing on the overall movement of the spine (and the subluxation—or lack of movement—of the offending vertebrae), a chiropractor can help to improve your range of motion through regular adjustments and exercises that use flexion to loosen the general area and relieve pressure on the spinal cord.
To learn more or to make an appointment, contact Dean Chiropractic.