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is it better to heat or ice spinal stenosis pain

A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Both: Some people get more relief from heat or ice. Others alternate heat and ice. The most important thing you can do is exercise to strengthen your paras ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bettina Herbert
19 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Maybe if muscles hur: Work with a good physical therapist. Find musculoskeletal acupuncture such as trigger points (don't need injections, just 'dry needling'). A good hand ... Read More
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A 78-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Ihle
53 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
1 of the symptoms-: -is painful when walking. The usual distance you were able to walk gets shorter as time goes by. You have to stop & rest more often. The coldness ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bettina Herbert
19 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Tough diagnosis: Work with a good physical therapist. Find musculoskeletal acupuncture such as trigger points (don't need injections, just 'dry needling'). A good hand ... Read More
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A 84-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louise Andrew
45 years experience Emergency Medicine
Short answer, yes!: Here's an excellent article on spinal stenosis which mentions the benefits of exercise. http://www.rheumatology.org/practice/clinical/patients/diseas ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
39 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
"arthritis" or pain: There are no drugs that can enlarge the space for nerves. The non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaid, "arthritis") are also pain relievers. Exam ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stan Lee
Dr. Stan Lee answered
22 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Positional sciatica: Symptomatic spinal stenosis usually presents as radiating pain down the sciatic region of one or both legs. Because of anatomic considerations, the sc ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
19 years experience Pain Management
Yes: Absolutely! stretching and strengthening will decrease muscle strain and strengthen the muscles that support your spine. This will lead to decreased p ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Weston
30 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Nerves crowded: Stenosis means narrowing the canal your nerves are in hasgottebsmaller with time crowdingnerves cause pain weakness numbness surgery uncrowds nerve an ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Roger Frankel
28 years experience Neurosurgery
Leg pain: Classic symptoms for lumbar stenosis are leg pain with exertion. This improves with rest and with leaning forward. It is common to notice that you can ... Read More
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