When part of a foraminal narrowing treatment plan, physical therapy has the potential to help patients overcome their symptoms. This can allow them to return to the activities they enjoy. Foraminal narrowing (or foraminal stenosis) is characterized by the narrowing of the spinal canal. This narrowing can lead to compression of the spinal cord, nerve roots, and nearby structures.
Physical Therapy for Foraminal Narrowing
Physical therapy takes a more natural approach to foraminal narrowing treatment than surgery or drugs. While many people are familiar with physical therapy and its potential benefits, few know exactly what it entails. In short, physical therapy involves two main types of treatment:
- Active Treatment. Low-impact aerobics, gentle strengthening exercises, and stretches for the spine are key parts of physical therapy. If the muscles and ligaments that support the spine are tight or weak, foraminal stenosis symptoms may only grow worse. These routines are carefully developed and overseen by the patient’s physical therapist, who may also suggest the patient try certain moves at home in-between visits.
- Passive Treatment. Nonsurgical treatments like ultrasound therapy, iontophoresis, and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) are often used in conjunction with physical treatment to help decrease pain around the area affected by foraminal stenosis.
Many patients with foraminal stenosis are able to effectively manage their symptoms with conservative methods like physical therapy, anti-inflammatory injections, and pain medications. However, in the event that your symptoms remain despite several months of conservative treatment, you may be a candidate for minimally invasive surgery at BEST Health System.
Surgery with BEST
BEST Health System is a leader in minimally invasive neck and back pain treatment. Our board-certified surgeons Dr. Girton and Dr. Abbott perform the procedures at BEST which are a much safer and more effective alternative to open spine operations. We perform our procedures on an outpatient basis and typically employ an incision that is less than an inch.
Contact BEST Health System to learn if you are a candidate for minimally invasive treatment.