Treatment for Foraminal Narrowing
An attempt to manage symptoms associated with foraminal narrowing typically begins with pain medication, exercise, and/or corticosteroid injections. If symptoms persist after several weeks of conservative treatment, a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure known as a foraminotomy may be able to help you rediscover your life without back or neck pain.
What is foraminal stenosis?
Foraminal stenosis, or neural foraminal stenosis, refers to the narrowing of the foramen, a small hole through which the nerve exits the spine (neural is defined as having to do with nerve cells or relating to a nerve and is often added to the condition’s name).
What are the symptoms associated with foraminal stenosis?
Common signs of foraminal stenosis include numbness, burning, tingling, and a sensation of “pins and needles” locally and/or in the extremities. Since foraminal narrowing hinders the nerve’s ability to function correctly, symptoms of foraminal stenosis can be quite painful.
What causes foraminal stenosis?
Aging-related disc degeneration is one of the primary causes of foraminal stenosis. As we age, our discs gradually lose their flexibility and can easily become bulged or herniated. The herniations may narrow the spaces in the spine and press on the nerves. Other common foraminal stenosis causes include bone spurs (osteophytes), arthritis, and ligament thickening.
Are there foraminal stenosis exercises I can perform to relieve some of my symptoms?
If you suffer from foraminal stenosis, certain exercises can help you feel better. Foraminal stenosis exercises are generally able to be performed anywhere, and they are recommended as long as they don’t cause increased pain. For more information see foraminal stenosis exercises.
Should I be in physical therapy for foraminal stenosis?
It’s generally a good idea to include therapy for foraminal stenosis in your treatment plan. In fact, physical therapy for foraminal stenosis is often the best way to help regain the strength and stability that your spine needs to stay healthy. And a healthy spine can help you prevent future injuries.