For people who are suffering from bilateral foraminal stenosis, the obvious choice is to search for possible treatment options so that they can get better. Get to know about some of the possible treatment options for bilateral foraminal stenosis.
What is Bilateral Foraminal Stenosis?
When the spinal nerve root becomes compressed on both sides because the foramen becomes narrowed, the condition is called bilateral foraminal stenosis. A collapsed disc space or foraminal herniated disc may also be to blame for the condition. Bilateral Foraminal Stenosis is most commonly caused by a degenerative condition of the spine. When the bones of the spinal column become thinner by using or rubbing it, spinal pressure increases on the foraminal canals hence, the space in the spinal canal decreases through which the nerve roots passes.
Over-the-counter medicines for pain relief in bilateral foraminal stenosis
While you wait to see your doctor, you can take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines like acetaminophen (Tylenol), or simple pain relievers like ibuprofen (Advil) or naproxen (Aleve). Follow the package directions for how much and how often to take these drugs.
Lifestyle modification to prevent bilateral foraminal stenosis
Having a strong & healthy spine and good muscles strength plays an important role in preventing spine conditions from diminishing your quality of life. Daily practice of physical workout and, following proper body postures helps you to limit the possibility of bilateral foraminal stenosis.
Physical therapy for bilateral foraminal stenosis
People who are diagnosed with bilateral foraminal stenosis may have symptoms such as pain, numbness, or weakness in both lower limbs (legs & feet) can come on gradually or more suddenly, depending on the cause. Involving the patient in Physical therapy techniques can strengthen the condition of the spinal column and also muscles.
Heat and ice therapy in bilateral foraminal stenosis
This is the type of treatment done to treat the pain brought about by the condition. Do remember it is a temporary solution, but the condition will still worsen as long as it is not addressed.
Spinal decompression surgery for bilateral foraminal stenosis
When all the conservative treatments have been tried have not done anything to change patients condition, this is the recommended to discharge pressure of the spinal nerves.
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Dr. Kaleem Mohammed graduated as a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2014 from Deccan College of Physiotherapy, affiliated to Dr. N.T.R. University of Health Sciences, Vijayawada, India. Dr. Kaleem is an expert at handling physiotherapy needs of patients suffering from orthopedic and spinal conditions and post-surgery rehabilitation. Dr. Kaleem is associated with HealthClues since its inception where he facilitates diagnosis and advanced consultation with senior doctors. He is also a medical researcher and prolific writer who loves sharing insightful commentaries and useful tips to educate the patient community about fitness, treatment options, and post-treatment recovery.