How Can I Treat Foraminal Stenosis?
If you’re not working in the medical world, there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of foraminal stenosis. But if you’re familiar with this condition, known for its signature severe back pain and numbness and tingling in the arms and legs, you’ll know that the need for the right treatment is high.
What Is Foraminal Stenosis?
Surrounding each of your 33 vertebral bones are small spaces through which nerves travel, reporting signals from the rest of the body. These spaces are called foramen. When the foramen get smaller, which can happen for a number of reasons, they can trap or pinch nerves. The result can be a range of symptoms, from sharp pain to dull numbness.
Foraminal stenosis can affect people in a variety of ways, and there’s no hard and fast rule for how this condition manifests. That said, the following are common symptoms:
- Sharp or dull pain
- Weakness in the arms or legs
- A burning or tingling sensation
- Difficulty standing up
- Difficulty walking straight
If you begin noticing any of these symptoms, let us know. Specialists at Spine Institute of North America are here to see you, provide an accurate diagnosis and deliver the best course of treatment for you.
How to Treat Foraminal Stenosis
If you’re noticing these symptoms and feel worried about what might be next, rest assured that there are a range of options to help you on your path to living pain-free again. Treatments vary depending on how severe the condition is, but here are three common options:
When the pain begins to flare up, it may be time for over-the-counter pain relievers. Your doctor may prescribe a stronger medication if needed. Lesson of the day — don’t fight this battle alone. Trained professionals are ready to help.
Recurring pain can often make a person feel helpless and debilitated. Physical therapy will help give you some control over your condition. A few common physical therapy styles for foraminal stenosis include:
- Ice therapy to numb or mitigate back pain
- Massage therapy to relieve pain or pressure across the body
- Heat therapy to soothe and increase blood flow
- Aquatic exercises to increase motion without added pressure to the spine
- Stretching and yoga to relieve joint stress
You may also choose to wear a back brace for added spinal support — see your doctor or a spine specialist for details.
Least Invasive Procedures
The least invasive spine procedures used to treat foraminal stenosis include foraminoplasty, laminotomy and discectomy. Each procedure is designed to take pressure off the nerve and repair the tightening of your foramen.
If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms of foraminal stenosis, we’re here to help. Contact us online or give us a call at 609-371-9100 to schedule your appointment today.