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What can help spinal stenosis?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 61 years experience
Spinal stenosis: Many possibilities. Proper help depends on accurate and thorough diagnosis. Spinal stenosis can occur at many different levels of the spine and can occur from one or more factors causing the sternosis. Best is to obtain examination and proper treatment from spinal specialists e.g. Neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, physical therapy and pain doctors who specialize in this disorder.
Dr. Myles Greenberg
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
Other options: In addition to dr. Pizzo's answer above, the treatment options typically include: conservative therapy (medication, pt), epidural steroid injections, the mild procedure, and traditional open surgery. Which one is best depends on your examination, symptoms, and usually the results of an MRI scan of the spine.
Dr. Chaim Colen
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Depends: Surgery is typically a definitive treatment for the symptomatology, although, non-surgical management should be initiated first. Surgical Treatment for spinal stenosis usually consists of decompressive laminectomy (unroofing of the spinal canal) with or without fusion.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
29 years experience
Options: Spinal stenosis can be treated conservatively with physical therapy and lumbar epidural steroid injections. Your spine specialist can thoroughly evaluate you and help coordinate conservative care if appropriate. Surgery is usually helpful if all else fails. Check out spine-health.Com.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Multiple: There are multiple treatments available for spinal stenosis to varying degrees of success. The most common nonoperative treatment for spinal stenosis is typically an epidural steroid injection.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Does only surgery help ls spinal stenosis?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 41 years experience
No: Most cases are treated without surgery with treatment including none at all to medication, bracing, exercise, physical therapy, pain management injections like epidurals to about 15% going to surgery.
A 76-year-old member asked:

Will exercise help spinal stenosis and how

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Dr. Louise Andrew
A Verified Doctoranswered
Emergency Medicine 47 years experience
Short answer, yes!: Here's an excellent article on spinal stenosis which mentions the benefits of exercise. http://www.rheumatology.org/practice/clinical/patients/diseases_and_conditions/stenosis.asp you will find that walking uphill or doing anything in a forward bent position will feel better than anything done with your back arched backwards, because it increases the space between bones around your spine.
A 37-year-old male asked:

Will a rhizatomy help spinal stenosis ?

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Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Spinal stenosis: Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal and root formina, this is an anatomical problem usually treated by removing the bone that is compressing the nerves and spine. A rhiztomy is a procedure is done to cut nerves to reduce spasticity in the legs so they usually do not go together as they are normally two different problems.
A member asked:

What is spinal stenosis

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Dr. Myles Greenberg
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
Spinal narrowing: Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal (which contains the spinal cord and nerves) caused by enlargement of the surrounding ligaments and bones. This enlargement creates pressure on the nerves and/or spinal cord and their blood supply resulting usually in back and/or leg pain, especially when the patient is walking upright. The condition usually occurs in older people.
Dr. Myles Greenberg
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
Provided original answer
For a new, less invasive procedure (the MILD procedure) for certain patients with spinal stenosis check out this website: http://www.mildprocedure.com
Feb 3, 2012
Dr. Bikash Bose
Dr. Bikash Bose commented
Neurosurgery 46 years experience
Disc encroaching into the spinal canal can also cause spinal stenosis in addition to ligament and bony overgrowth.
May 28, 2014

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