An Alternative Treatment for Lumbar Stenosis
Have pain in your legs? It could be Lumbar Stenosis.
That’s the term doctors use for the narrowing or constricting of lower part of the spinal canal. Lumbar Stenosis is a degenerative disorder that can slowly get worse over time.
The spinal canal runs inside the stack of vertebrae – the bones that make up the spine. Discs, ligaments or bone spurs can sometimes compress the cable of nerves that fill the canal.
Also, constricted blood vessels may not be able to deliver oxygen and other nutrients to nerves. Combined with reduced blood ‘outflow’, these factors can cause inflammation, swelling and further constriction (or even destruction) of the central nerves that connect with the lower extremities.
There’s nothing actually wrong with your legs.
Since the affected nerves continue on to the legs, pain, numbness or weakness is often felt there or in the buttocks – not in the back where the source of the problem lies.
Cramping in the calves during walking is common. Temporary relief can often be achieved by simply sitting or lying down.
Traditional treatment can be simple or severe.
If over-the-counter pain relievers and stretching exercises help your leg pain, that’s great. If not, prescription pain medication, cortisone injections and physical therapy can also make a difference.
When nothing else works for chronic burning pain caused by Lumbar Stenosis, one of several intricate surgical approaches may be considered.
The Regenerative Medicine solution
Regenerative Medicine uses medicinal ‘products’ made from human cells, making it a natural treatment alternative that leverages the body’s own healing power. Regenerative approaches have shown much promise, even as a relatively new and still-developing area of health care.
In the case of Lumbar Stenosis, doctors inject ‘exosomes’, microscopic sacs of proteins and other materials. These may help counteract the damaging inflammation in the spinal canal (as well as in the discs), and can even aid cell repair and regrowth.
Lifestyle changes may also be recommended by a doctor practicing Regenerative Medicine, such as losing weight, improving diet, and quitting smoking. In some cases, measures that help balance hormones production can help too.
What outcomes can I expect?
While not necessarily a permanent cure, the healing provided by these injections may reduce the frequency and severity of leg pain, and increase endurance for walking, everyday tasks and work-related activities.
For ongoing relief and ability to fulfill job responsibilities, the treatment may need to be repeated or augmented every 4-6 months.
Regenerative Medicine’s advantages over traditional treatment.
The regenerative medicine remedy for Lumbar Stenosis has been found in many cases to work quicker and last longer than anti-inflammatory cortisone shots. Unlike ‘RM’ treatment, the ongoing use of cortisone has several negative side effects, including potential damage to nerves, cells and connective tissue, as well as possible headaches and nausea.
For the most severe cases, surgery may be the only answer. But since surgery carries its own risks while offering no guarantees, it may be smart to try Regenerative Medicine approaches before committing to that serious step.
Also, if this alternative approach can reduce the ongoing need for prescription painkillers, it naturally minimizes the associated risk of long-term addiction.