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Foraminal Stenosis

What is Foraminal Stenosis ?

The term “stenosis” refers to a narrowing, while “foraminal” refers to the open spaces through which spinal nerves travel. The narrowing of major nerve passageways can compress or pinch spinal nerves, causing pain and interruption of important nerve functions.

What causes Foraminal Stenosis?

Aging-related disc degeneration is the main cause of foraminal stenosis. Our discs gradually lose their elasticity and can easily become bulged or herniated as we age. Herniations narrow the spaces in the spine and press on the nerves. Some of the other common foraminal stenosis causes include bone spurs (osteophytes), arthritis, and ligament thickening.

What are the symptoms associated with Foraminal Stenosis?

Common symptoms of foraminal stenosis include numbness, burning, tingling, and or pins-and-needles sensations in the extremities. If symptoms become extremely painful, visit your doctor for foraminal stenosis treatment options- you might have to undergo an foraminal stenosis surgery.


A foraminal stenosis diagnosis can be made after a complete medical history has been taken and MRIs or CT scans have confirmed the presence of foraminal stenosis.

Lumbar Foraminal Stenosis symptoms include stiffness in the legs and thighs, muscle weakness, sharp constant pain that may affect standing and sitting. Cervical Foraminal Stenosis symptoms include pain in the neck, shoulder, arms and hands. It can also include muscle weakness and loss of coordination with arms and hands as well as problems with balance.


Most conservative foraminal stenosis treatment options offer little relief from severe symptoms. When pain medication, exercise and chiropractic adjustments,etc do not provide relief , you may be a candidate for foraminal stenosis surgery.

  • Anti-inflammatory medication - Depending on the severity of your condition your doctor will either recommend an over the counter pill or write you a prescription for stronger medication.
  • Relax - Some rest in the early stages of your injury is fine, but do not overdo it as too much time can weaken your muscles, leading to further injury.
  • Epidural Steroid Injections - Epidural steroid injections can be given for pain management depending on the advancement of your condition.
  • Physio Therapy - A therapist will work with you to show you how to properly stretch and exercise and build your core and surrounding muscles.
  • Activity modification - Activity modification such as learning better posture or what triggers your pain and learning ways to avoid it may be a good way to avoid painful flare ups of symptoms.


Same Day Spine Surgeons are the most experienced and best trained surgeons to relieve the pain from foraminal stenosis surgery . We offer the most effective and widest variety of conservative and surgical foraminal stenosis treatments available to get you back home the same day and back to your life.

Sameday Spine Institute specializes in minimally invasive treatments for foraminal stenosis surgeries, using the latest cutting edge technologies, including Foraminotomy and Cervical Foraminotomy.

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