Foraminal Stenosis occurs when the foramen, or openings for the spinal cord in the spine, become narrowed. As pain develops over time from the result of this condition, treatment options should be discussed.

Spinal conditions can impede on your life. For some, the condition is not apparent for many months until suddenly, the pins and needles sensation is constant and you’re suddenly experiencing muscle weakness.

Foraminal stenosis is a spinal condition that occurs when the foramen, or openings for the spinal cord in the spine, become narrowed. This condition might occur because of bone spurs, disc issues, like degenerative disc disease or a herniated disc, arthritis or spondylolisthesis.

These spinal conditions may worsen over time and increase the risk of foraminal stenosis. Some patients will experience more pain when they’re active, others may experience it when they’ve been sitting in a position for too long, like during a long airplane trip.

Foraminal stenosis is treatable and what is prescribed will usually depend on each, individual person’s case. As the pain can develop over time, one person may be able to successfully undergo conservative treatments while others might require surgery to relieve them of the pain linked with foraminal stenosis.

Conventional Treatment

Conventional treatment may include:

  • Over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen and aspirin
  • Physical therapy
  • Medical brace or support
  • Acupuncture 
  • Chiropractic manipulation

Another option may be corticosteroid shots. These treatment options may be used several times, but for some, they only provide temporary relief and before they know it, they’re back in their physician’s office requesting more physical therapy or corticosteroid shots.

Surgical Options

If you’re finding that conventional treatment is no longer working, it might be time to consider surgical options to alleviate the pain and discomfort you’re feeling.

There are two surgical options for foraminal stenosis, a laminotomy and foraminotomy.

During a laminotomy, an opening is made in the lamina to reach the affected disc. The removing of the lamina allows for the decompression of the spinal nerve roots.

A foraminotomy is usually performed in conjunction with a laminotomy. The foramintomy increases the space of the foramen and gives the nerve roots room to decompress.

Anyone suffering from foraminal stenosis is encouraged to contact The Bonati Spine Institute to learn more about treatment options. Considering one of world’s leading institutes in spine surgery, the professionals there can answer all your questions about foraminal stenosis and the treatment options available to you.