Foraminal Stenosis – Facts You Should Know

Post Foraminal Stenosis Diagnosis

You probably have several questions if you’ve recently been diagnosed with foraminal stenosis. Such as what the condition is and what may have caused it. Like many people, you are also probably wondering if spine surgery is your only treatment option. Or if you have nonsurgical options available. All of these questions about foraminal stenosis are important to have answered. This way you can confidently move forward with your treatment. 

While it is good to research this condition and your treatment options, you should always consult your doctor. They will help you develop a personalized treatment plan. Some of the conservative therapies available for foraminal stenosis may not be a good option for you based on the cause of your condition and your medical history. Do some research and then talk to your doctor about the best approach for your specific needs. 

Fact #1 – Foraminal Stenosis Could Indicate Another Spine Condition

While this condition can occur due to the natural aging of the spine over time, it commonly develops as another spine condition that has developed near the foraminal canal. The foraminal canal is a narrow passageway on either side of a vertebra. It allows the nerve roots to exit from the spinal cord into the spinal canal. If another spine condition, such as a bulging or herniated disc, presses on the foraminal canal, the available space within the canal could narrow. Thus, foraminal stenosis is diagnosed. 

Fact #2 – It May Not Show Symptoms

Foraminal stenosis is not always accompanied by symptoms. In fact, many people who develop mild foraminal stenosis are unaware because the spine shows no symptoms or pain. Symptoms develop when one of the traveling nerve roots becomes pinched or compressed within the canal due to the narrowing space. When symptoms of pain and discomfort develop, you should consult your doctor for a proper diagnosis and treatment. 

Fact #3 – You Don’t Necessarily Need Spine Surgery

Spine surgery becomes an option if all conservative treatments have been ineffective. For many people, nonsurgical treatments like pain medication, physical therapy, and other consrvative methods are effective at treating foraminal stenosis. 

If you are considering spine surgery, contact BEST Health System. We offer minimally invasive surgery as an alternative to traditional open back and neck surgery. 

Contact us today to start on your path to releif.