The primary treatment for radiating back pain begins with changes in posture. Physical therapy may be prescribed to help stretch and strengthen the lower back. Changing positions such as lying with the knees drawn up to the chest can offer some relief. These positions help to enlarge the space available to the nerves and may make it easier for people with stenosis to walk longer distances.
Often, the pressure on the nerves is caused by inflammatory swelling. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) such as aspirin or ibuprofen may help relieve symptoms. Your doctor may prescribe an NSAID or guide you towards an over-the-counter pain reliever for a few days to relieve discomfort.
A period of rest followed by a gradual resumption of activity can help. Activity should be limited until your doctor tells you otherwise.
Surgery is the last alternative to alleviate the pain of spinal stenosis. If other treatments do not ease the pain, surgery may be recommended to relieve the pressure on affected nerves.