Spinal stenosis is a painful, degenerative condition of the spine.
Also known as vertebral stenosis, this condition can affect the upper or lower spine. It can strike at any age; however, it is more common in women over 40. Traditional treatment options have included pain medication, nerve blocks, corticosteroid injections in the spine and radical spine surgery.
Today, laser therapy offers a non-invasive treatment option that has virtually no side effects or risks of complications.
What Is Spinal Stenosis?
Spinal stenosis occurs when the canal that carries the spinal cord and nerves narrows, placing pressure and compression on the nerve roots. This condition can affect any portion of the spine.
Cervical stenosis occurs in the upper back, resulting in pain, numbness and weakness through the back and upper extremities. Lumbar stenosis occurs in the lower back, resulting in leg and lower back pain.
Many patients experience this condition as a result of aging or degenerative conditions such as osteoarthritis. Spinal ligaments break down, allowing vertebrae to shift. Disc degeneration also can lead to this condition. Some patients are born with this condition, and a small number develop stenosis due to tumors in the spine.
How Does Laser Therapy Work for Treating Spinal Stenosis?
Using variable therapeutic wavelengths, laser therapy permeates the tissue at the site of the injury or damage. This stimulates metabolic reactions that reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
Differing therapeutic wavelengths activate different reactions in the body. Besides the anti-inflammatory and analgesic reactions, laser therapy also triggers the body’s natural healing processes.
Red blood cell count increases at the affected area, oxygenation rises and lymphatic processes accelerate. Over the course of treatment — which varies based on your diagnosis — the body restores some or all its natural functioning.
If the underlying cause of the problem was acute, or if a chronic cause can be addressed appropriately, further treatment may not be required.
How Effective Is Laser Therapy for Spinal Stenosis?
Laser therapy is highly effective for relieving the pain and inflammation of stenosis. The degree to which it can result in long-term benefits depends on the cause of the condition.
Patients who developed stenosis due to trauma or osteoarthritis can benefit significantly from this type of treatment. Research also demonstrates the effectiveness of laser therapy for spinal stenosis treatment involving nerve root compression.
For patients with a congenital condition or tumors, laser treatment can work wonders for pain and inflammation; however, long-term improvement will depend on how these underlying conditions are treated.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our Draper, Utah, office. Dr. Muir will first meet with you to evaluate your condition and discuss how laser treatments may be able to help. If he believes you are a good candidate for laser light therapy, you can get started. Dr. Muir will personally perform each of your treatments here in our office.
Based in Draper, Utah, Laser Therapy offers this effective and non-invasive treatment for back pain as well as other conditions including diabetic neuropathy, fibromyalgia, TMJ and osteoarthritis. Contact us today to learn more about how laser therapy for spinal stenosis can help you.