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is spine stenosis curable without surgery?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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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Dr. Audie Rolnick
39 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
No: Spinal stenosis is not "curable", but it is manageable with pt, meds, exercise, stretches, accupunture, and sometimes epidural injections.
Answered on Aug 30, 2013
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