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When your spinal canal and spinal nerves narrow, numbness, weakness, and pain can result from a neurologic condition known as spinal stenosis. These changes in your spine can keep you from the activities you enjoy and impact your overall well-being.
At Dignity Health Central Coast, our neurological care for spinal stenosis takes into consideration the needs of your body, mind, and spirit. Our personalized spinal stenosis treatment will get you back to living life fully by easing your pain, improving function, and removing pressure from your spine.
Find a Doctor today to talk to an expert about your options for spinal stenosis treatment on the Central Coast of California.
Our neurologists commonly use a ladder approach to treat your spinal stenosis. That means that spinal stenosis treatment options involves specific steps that progress from physical therapy and medications to injections and surgery. With every step, our doctors offers care, dignity, and respect for your healing.
Physical therapy is step one. It helps strengthen the muscles that support your spine. Physical therapy can’t directly repair arthritis that can lead to spinal stenosis, but it can be helpful because stronger stomach muscles take pressure off your spine.
The next step in your healing process involves medications that reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation caused by spinal stenosis and osteoarthritis. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen, can help relieve spinal stenosis symptoms. Your doctor may prescribe narcotic pain relievers, muscle relaxers, and anti-inflammatory medication.
If physical therapy and medications are not effective, your doctor may recommend spinal injections of corticosteroid into a small area next to your spinal cord. This treatment can help ease your pain for weeks and, sometimes, months.
Spinal stenosis surgery is the last step. Surgical approaches include discectomy, laminectomy, spinal fusion, and opening your spinal cord. Your doctor will work in partnership with you to determine the best treatment for your overall health and well-being.
Talk to a trusted spine specialist to discover the spinal stenosis treatment that’s right for you and your lifestyle.
Dignity Health’s neurological team provides options for spinal stenosis treatment on the Central Coast of California.