What is the best treatment for spinal stenosis?

What is the best treatment for spinal stenosis? Spinal stenosis is a common condition that affects the spinal cord and causes pain, numbness, and weakness in the back, neck, arms or legs. Our Alberta Back and Neck Rehab clinic offers comprehensive and effective treatments for Spinal Stenosis tailored to each patient’s unique needs. As a leading rehabilitation center in Calgary, we combine cutting-edge technology, state-of-the-art facilities, and the expertise of our licensed physical therapists and doctors specializing in pain rehabilitation to provide the best care possible. Whether you have mild or severe spinal stenosis, we are committed to helping you reduce chronic pain, improve your quality of life and achieve your health goals.

The different types of spinal stenosis and their causes

Spinal stenosis is a condition where the spinal canal narrows, putting pressure on the spinal column, nerves and nerve roots. Severe pain results as pressure’s applied to the spinal cord and nerves along the spinal canal. There are several types of spinal stenosis, but the two most common are lumbar and cervical stenosis. Lumbar spinal stenosis affects the lower back, while cervical stenosis affects the neck. The causes of spinal stenosis can vary, but some of the most common causes include aging, degenerative changes in the spinal discs, bone spurs and spinal injuries.

Spinal Stenosis Symptoms and Diagnosis

Spinal stenosis can manifest differently, depending on its location and the extent of spinal canal narrowing. Symptoms of spinal stenosis can include tingling or numbness in the legs and feet, lower back, or buttocks, shooting pain that radiates through the affected area, and difficulty walking or balancing. At Alberta Back and Neck Rehab clinic, our doctors and therapists use various diagnostic tests, such as X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans, to determine the precise location and extent of the spinal stenosis. With accurate diagnosis and patient-centred treatment plans, our clinic can address patients’ symptoms and help you return to your daily routines as quickly and safely as possible.

Non-surgical Treatment Options For Spinal Stenosis in Calgary

Spinal stenosis can be treated in various ways, but did you know that spinal stenosis can also be treated without surgery? Here are the non-surgical treatments we can provide you at Alberta Back and Neck Rehab:

DRX 9000 Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression

DRX 9000 non-surgical spinal decompression for treating spinal stenosis in Calgary

DRX 9000 Spinal Decompression is a highly effective treatment method we offer at Alberta Back and Neck Rehab clinic that can alleviate spinal stenosis symptoms without surgery. This machine uses FDA-approved technology to create negative pressure on the spinal discs, which helps to retract bulging or herniated discs and reduce nerve compression. The treatment is painless, and patients can relax comfortably during the session, typically lasting 30-45 minutes. DRX 9000 Spinal Decompression therapy has a remarkable success rate. Many of our patients have experienced relief from their symptoms after just a few sessions without invasive surgery such as spinal fusion. Learn more about DRX 9000 Spinal Decompression, or book an appointment today.

MedX Lumber Rehabilitation

MedX can be used to treat lumber stenosis

At Alberta Back and Neck Rehab clinic, we pride ourselves on staying up-to-date with the latest technologies and techniques for treating spinal stenosis. One such technology is the MedX Lumbar Extension machine, which targets the lumbar spine and strengthens the muscles that support it. This treatment is ideal for individuals who experience chronic low back pain caused by spinal stenosis. MedX Lumbar Extension therapy involves a series of controlled and safe movements that work the muscles in the lower back without overworking them, helping patients regain mobility, flexibility, and strength. Click here to read more about our MedX Lumbar Rehab treatment.

BTE Multi-Cervical Unit (MCU)

The BTE Multi-Cervical Unit (MCU) is an innovative treatment technology we offer at Alberta Back and Neck Rehab clinic to help patients suffering from spinal stenosis. MCU targets the cervical spine (the neck area) and uses a series of exercises that help improve neck strength, stability, and flexibility. With MCU therapy, patients can engage in active rehabilitation, which optimizes healing and functional improvement. Our licensed therapists work closely with patients to develop customized treatment plans based on their unique needs, medical history, and goals. Learn more about how the Multi-Cervical Unit (MCU) can help you here.

Conservative Treatment Options for Spinal Stenosis

Chiropractic care is very effective and involves manual manipulation of the spine to relieve pressure on the affected nerves. Physical therapy, also known as physiotherapy, is excellent for helping you manage your symptoms. It is also effective for regaining your strength to prevent future injuries. Massage therapy can help reduce pain and improve flexibility in people with spinal stenosis.

Alternative Treatments For Spinal Stenosis

There are several alternative treatments available for spinal stenosis.  Acupuncture is another alternative treatment that may be effective for some people with spinal stenosis. This involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate healing and relieve pain. Our Calgary clinic offers all of these alternative therapies in addition to our advanced and conservative treatment options. 

Lifestyle changes to Help Manage Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis

In addition to physical therapy, non-surgical treatments and alternative therapies, patients can make lifestyle changes to manage them. Regular exercise, such as low-impact activities like swimming and walking, can help maintain strength and flexibility in the spine. Maintaining a healthy weight can also reduce the pressure on the spine and nerves. Additionally, incorporate anti-inflammatory foods into your diet. Fruits, vegetables, and omega-3-rich fish can help decrease inflammation and reduce pain. Quitting smoking can also help, as nicotine restricts blood flow to the spine and other parts of your body.

Find Pain Relief From Spinal Stenosis Today!

Spinal stenosis is a common condition that affects many Calgary residents. At Alberta Back and Neck Rehab clinic, we pride ourselves on providing state-of-the-art rehab treatment. By staying up-to-date with the latest treatments, we can provide options that few clinics can offer in one location. Our doctors and licensed physical therapists will work closely with you to develop a customized treatment plan. If you suffer from spinal stenosis, you’re not alone. Book an appointment with our clinic today and take the first step toward finding relief.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do you fix spinal stenosis without surgery?

A: Our clinic offers a variety of nonsurgical treatments to relieve spinal stenosis pain. The DRX 9000 Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Table, MedX Lumber Rehabilitation and the Multi-Cervical Unit (MCU). Treatment for spinal stenosis involves reducing the pressure on the spinal cord and nerves in the area. This can be achieved without the need for spinal surgery.

Q: Can spinal stenosis be cured?

A: While there is no cure for spinal stenosis, it can be managed through treatment options, such as physical therapy and our advanced treatment options (Spinal Decompression, MedX, Multicervical Unit) to alleviate symptoms and improve your quality of life.

Q: How long does it take to recover from spinal stenosis treatment?

A: Recovery time from spinal stenosis treatment can vary. Depending on the severity of the condition and the type of treatment.

Q: How can I prevent spinal stenosis from recurring?

A: Preventing spinal stenosis from recurring involves maintaining good posture, staying active and exercising regularly and seeking treatment if symptoms reoccur.

Q: Are there any home remedies for spinal stenosis? 

A: While no home remedies can cure spinal stenosis, specific exercises and stretches may help alleviate symptoms and improve mobility.

Q: Do you need a referral to see a doctor for spinal stenosis?

A: No, you don’t need a referral to book an appointment. Call us, and we will set you up with a time that works best for you.

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