What Can I do for Spinal Stenosis?
There are quite a few at-home options to help patients treat their spinal stenosis from the comfort of their home. These treatments include:
At Home Treatments for Spinal Stenosis
- Activity modification– Avoiding activities that irritate your pain can be a useful at-home treatment for spinal stenosis.
- Exercise– Performing exercises dedicated to strengthening the back can help ease pain. It is important to be physically active within the bounds of comfort in order to prevent further debilitation.
- OTC Medication– For those with less severe symptoms, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication may provide relief. However, always remember to take these medications only as instructed on the bottle.
What If I Need Additional Treatment for Spinal Stenosis?
Many people successfully manage the symptoms of spinal stenosis through the use of non-surgical methods. However, some patients may experience disabling symptoms that cannot be treated with at-home or other non-surgical remedies.
Houston Physicians’ Hospital offers the following surgical treatments for spinal stenosis:
- Cervical disc fusion
- Cervical disc replacement
- Lumbar fusion
- Lumbar laminectomy
- Lumbar microdiscectomy
Speak to a medical professional before deciding to undergo surgery, as many considerations should be factored into the decision, such as prior medical conditions. The results of surgery used to correct spinal stenosis are typically positive. Approximately 80-90% of patients experience relief from their pain following their surgery.
How Do I Recover from Spinal Stenosis?
Keep in mind that surgery for spinal stenosis will not provide instant results. Patients typically are able to slightly move around after 24 hours but can be on pain medications anywhere from 2-4 weeks. Following the surgery, speak to your Houston Physicians’ Hospital physician about how to properly sit, rise, and stand. As your body needs time to heal, it’s important that you limit your activities. Refrain from any activity that moves your spine too much. You should avoid any strenuous exercise, twisting, or heavy lifting during your recovery process. Additionally, it is important to keep your body healthy following spinal stenosis surgery. Exercise regularly, but limit all exercise to low-impact workouts, such as walking. Adding calcium to your diet is also recommended to help strengthen the bones following your surgery. You should also avoid smoking or drinking excessive alcohol.