A 33-year-old male asked:
is spine stenosis curable without surgery?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Thomas Dowling answered
39 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Technically yes but: People are born with a small, medium or large spinal canal. Spinal stenosis is when the canal is too narrow for nerves resulting in compression. Canals narrow with time due to degeneration. By age 60, 20% have by imaging stenosis but not necessarily symptoms. Other causes are: congenital v acquired due to - fracture, herniation, tumor, fat, instability. Most are treated without surgery.
Answered on Dec 10, 2013
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