Symptoms that develop fall into two categories – sensory or motor. Sensory symptoms include numbness, tingling, burning or pins and needles. Motor symptoms include weakness, loss of function or abnormal reflexes.
To determine a treatment plan, doctors will usually perform an MRI on the patient. The treatment for foraminal stenosis varies from patient to patient and how far the spine has
Doctors most often like to try nonsurgical treatments first, such as rest, anti-inflammatory medication and physical therapy. If the patient is still experiencing pain, then the next step is to try spinal injections. If this still does not reduce the inflammation and pain, then surgery will be required to try and make the opening of the foramen wide enough to not pinch the nerves.