Treatment Options for Spinal Narrowing Available in Freehold, NJ
Spinal narrowing (stenosis) is often a consequence of age-related degeneration that occurs gradually in the spine over time. The narrowing effect alone does not always cause problems or require treatment, but it can create pain, numbness, weakness, or tingling sensations if it results in the compression of a spinal nerve. Some common causes of spinal stenosis are bone spurs and inflamed ligaments triggered by osteoarthritis, and bulging and herniated discs. Residents of Freehold, NJ, can receive world-class care for spinal narrowing and other degenerative spine conditions at Spine Care New Jersey.
Patients who come to Spine Care New Jersey for spinal narrowing treatment can consult with some of the most well-respected spine surgeons in the Freehold, New Jersey, area. We offer the latest treatment options using many revolutionary techniques to achieve the best possible outcomes for our patients.
Spinal narrowing treatment at Spine Care New Jersey may incorporate both conservative and surgical therapies. In general, we advise most patients to begin with nonsurgical approaches, such as:
- Pain management therapies, including physical therapy to strengthen the core muscles that support the spine, therapeutic massage to relax taut back muscles, and hot/cold therapy used as needed during painful episodes
- Over-the-counter medications, such as acetaminophen to relieve pain and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to reduce inflammation
- Prescription medications, such as narcotic pain relievers, muscle relaxants, and antidepressants
- Epidural spinal injections, in which powerful anti-inflammatory medicine is injected directly into the space surrounding the spinal cord
In general, if several weeks or months of conservative spinal narrowing treatment do not provide adequate symptom relief, we may recommend spine surgery to address the underlying case. Some surgical options include a decompression procedure, discectomy, foraminotomy, or spinal fusion. After surgery, most patients participate in a physical therapy program designed to promote spinal health by gradually building and maintaining the flexibility, strength, and endurance of the muscles surrounding the spine.
To learn more about treatment options for spinal narrowing, contact Spine Care New Jersey and schedule a personal consultation with a spine specialist at our office in Freehold, NJ.