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A 32-year-old member asked:

what does it mean to have congenital spinal stenosis?

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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 31 years experience
Small spinal canal: The size of spinal canal varies person to person born with a small spinal canal I use this term when i see liitle room for nerves but no obvious single impinging structure also called short pedicle syndrome very arbitrary.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
A small spine canal: One was born with a small spinal canal that by imaging definitions fits the criteria to be diagnosed as spinal stenosis. It means that as you age, you have a higher risk of developing spinal stenosis symptoms and at a younger age and if you develop a disc herniation, it does not have to be too big to create symptoms since there is less room for the nerves to be pushed about.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What are some non-surgical ways to deal with my spinal stenosis?

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Dr. Thomas Byrnes
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Many little things: Doing things differently than you have been. Pain management can be helpful if it helps you move more normally. Breathing slow and deep helps. Fast and shallow is hyperventilating which aggravates your pain experience. Gentle osteopathic manipulation (no cracking stuff! ) can help increase body awareness and ease of movement. Learning to unclench your jaw will help you learn 2 relax overall.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What are the long-term outcomes of surgical treatment for spinal stenosis?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
It depends: These arethe result after 8 years follow up for patients have the sugery.There were 68% excellent and good, 22% fair and 10% poor results. Back pain was relieved in 91% of the patients. Leg pain was relieved in 76% of the patients. Numbness was relieved in 87% of the patients. Five patients had re-operations.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can heat help with spinal stenosis pain?

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Dr. Bettina Herbert
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 20 years experience
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 hands-on osteopathic physician who does omt (omm) is key for maintaining function in a chronic situation. Finally since this is really arthritis in the spine, and has an inflammatory component, eat an anti-inflammatory diet and herbs (find online).
A 27-year-old member asked:

Do they do robotic surgery for spinal stenosis?

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Dr. Ron Jones
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Maybe: Robotics being used in the spinal surgery field is early. Only those fortunate enough to be working and teaching hospitals are probably using robotic aided spinal surgery. There are many procedures especially those procedures requiring implant or hardware where robotics are used. You will find robotic spine surgery available as a universal standard of care. At least not yet. Dr. J.
A 20-year-old member asked:

I walk a lot; is this bad if you have spinal stenosis?

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Dr. Roger Frankel
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
No: Walking with spinal stenosis can cause pain, but nit is important to continue with regular exercise. Once the symptoms interfere with acceptable levels of activity and diminish quality of life because of pain, you may need to explore surgical options.

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