Dec 21, 2014

Spinal Stenosis Treatment

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Spinal Stenosis Treatment

The narrowing of the spaces of the spine—spinal stenosis—is a condition that affects a number of adults over the age of 50; it is a degenerative condition of the spine that often occurs due to the normal stress of aging. Trauma and certain disorders can also result in this condition in younger adults.

Thankfully, the tingling, burning, numbness or pain in the back, arms, shoulders legs or even the feet, depending upon the location of the problem, can be remedied via a number of treatment options for spinal stenosis. These range from pain killers to spinal stenosis support products to exercises to a number of surgical methods of treating spinal stenosis.

Always consult a professional when deciding how to treat spinal stenosis. He or she can help you decide which spinal stenosis treatment options are best for you based upon the severity of the condition, your lifestyle and health. 

Narrowing of the Spinal Canal

Non-Surgical Treatment for Spinal Stenosis

In some mild cases, treatment for stenosis simply involves taking anti-inflammatory pain medication. Inflammation is to blame for many of the symptoms of spinal stenosis.

Or if that does not do the trick, a doctor might prescribe a number of other medications for stenosis of the spine treatment, some of which may sound ill-suited for the trouble with the back, such as muscle relaxants, antidepressants or even anti-seizure drugs.

Some find a steroid injection into the spine to be an effective way to treat spinal stenosis. However, there are limits as to how many times such epidural injections can be done over the course of the year. 

 

Spinal Stenosis Injection

 

Spinal Stenosis Treatment: Physical Therapy

Such medications may well be recommended as a supplement to physical therapy exercises and stretches for the abdomen and back muscles. These muscle groupings are highly instrumental in supporting the weight of the upper body and the back. Strengthening them and making sure they maintain their full range of motion can be helpful toward reducing the amount of stress the spine endures. Thus, physical therapy can be especially helpful in terms of lumbar stenosis treatment.

A lumbar brace for spinal stenosis adds support as one works to improve one’s abdominal and back strength or while enjoying other physical activities. The Cybertech SPINE Sport Back Brace is specifically designed with such use in mind.

The stenosis brace’s narrow profile means it allows for more range of motion and activity. Plus, the amount of support is easy to adjust thanks to its mechanical advantage pulley system that can be operated with just one hand. As an added benefit, this breathable, lightweight back brace can also be used to treat spondylolisthesis—a condition that sometimes coincides with or causes spinal stenosis. 

 

Spinal Stenosis Picture

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Treatment

A low-back brace can be helpful for treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis simply by wearing it over the course of one’s day. But few wish to wear a cumbersome back brace day-in and day-out. BraceAbility makes wearing a support belt or brace much more pleasant with its selection of low-profile, comfortable and discreet back brace supports which can be worn under clothing.

Consider, for instance, the Cybertech 8" Flex Plus Low Profile Back Brace. This is a lower profile version of the company’s 10" Flex Plus Back Brace, both of which mold themselves to one’s frame so that one hardly notices it is wrapped around the waist. The eight-inch version is also a bit lighter for even more user comfort during treatment for lumbar stenosis.

Another simple, lightweight spinal stenosis brace for the low-back is the Cybertech SPINE Lower Back Brace. This is often picked as the best treatment for spinal stenosis as it is effective as well as friendly on the pocketbook. One can also add on the Cybertech SPINE program, which includes a carrying case, a brief video on back pain management and a booklet on first aid and exercises to ward off back pain.

Thoracic or Cervical Spinal Stenosis Treatment

Cervical spinal stenosis refers to stenosis in the upper region of the spine in the neck vicinity, while thoracic stenosis is a diminishing of space in the mid-part of the spine. (Stenosis is most common in the lumbar part of the spine.) BraceAbility also offers several cervical spinal stenosis treatment option orthotics as well as some thoracic supports for treatment of spinal stenosis.

Parts of the Spine

 

The Cybertech Cyberspine Thoracic Lumbar Brace is a throacolumbosacral orthosis (TLSO) that supports the spine and prevents movement that would cause additional pain or damage to the back. This more heavy-duty back brace for spinal stenosis does not sacrifice comfort. The shoulder straps and pads around the neck are adjustable as well as soft. The brace itself features a soft padded liner that can be taken out for a lower-profile design.

The extended chair back design of this TLSO back support provides ultimate stability and improves posture, all in the interest of spinal canal stenosis treatment. This brace also adds to the list of lumbar spinal stenosis treatment options as it can help with problems in several areas of the back.

A similar product that features more of a backpack design is the Cybertech Postural Extension II - Kyphosis Back Brace. As indicated by its name, this orthotic treatment for stenosis of the spine is also well suited for the related rounding of the back known as kyphosis as well as thoracic mechanical back pain.

The Cybertech Hyper-X Plus TLSO Brace - Hyperextension Back Brace is another brace that is ideal as treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis as well as thoracic stenosis. This support uses a three-point pressure system to extend or hyperextend the spine in the interest of immobilizing and stabilizing the spine.

BraceAbility also offers a Cybertech CTO Cervical Thoracic Orthosis as well as a Mini Minerva Orthosis for treatment for cervical spinal stenosis. These halo back/neck braces immobilize the cervical and upper region of the thoracic spine, which can be useful in treatment for thoracic or cervical spine stenosis treatment along with arthritis and fractures in this part of the neck.

Alternative Treatment for Spinal Stenosis

While the success of spinal stenosis alternative treatment is not widely tested, some do find such methods helpful. One of these is chiropractic treatment for spinal stenosis. Some have also gained some symptom relief from procedures such as acupuncture or even engaging in yoga or pilates. These approaches might be pursued alone or in addition to more traditional modes of treatment.

Surgical Treatment for Spinal Stenosis

When one’s quality of life is compromised and conservative methods fail, surgery may be necessary for severe spinal stenosis treatment. Thankfully, there are some new treatments for spinal stenosis surgery that are less invasive and involve a quicker healing time, such as the insertion of a spacer into the back or the use of endoscopic techniques. Read this more about the benefits of less invasive procedures with the elderly.

A relatively new treatment for spinal stenosis that is less invasive is laser surgery. A surgeon conducting laser treatment for spinal stenosis will insert a needle into a problematic area, such as a herniated disc. This needle will deliver blasts of laser energy to reduce the size of the disc, creating more space in the spine and hopefully easing pressure on the nerves.

Otherwise, one will likely have an open back surgery known as a laminectomy to create more space for the nerves by removing the back layer (lamina) of the vertebrae. The fusion of some vertebra may also be necessary during the operation.  

Following surgical treatment for severe spinal stenosis, one may need to wear a brace for a period of time to allow that region of the body to heal and to prevent ongoing deterioration of the spine. One might consider the universally accepted design of the Cybertech Passport LSO Back Brace. Physical therapy may also be needed as part of the recovery process.

There is no concrete answer as to what is the best treatment for spinal stenosis. That is something that varies from person to person. Thus, you and your doctor must take into account quality of life, general health, cost and other factors when making a decision as to which of the many treatments for spinal stenosis you will pursue.

 
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