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who treats spinal stenosis?

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Dr. Roger Frankel
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Spine surgeon: Whether or not you need surgery, an experienced neurosurgeon or orthopedic spine surgeon is the best resource to educate you in the treatment options available.
Dr. Estrada Bernard
Neurosurgery 38 years experience
Ultimately if other approaches fail surgery may be indicated for quality of life . The surgery options may range from a minimally invasive decompression to decompression with fusion depending on the nature of the pain and whether there may be instability .
Feb 8, 2015
Dr. Myles Greenberg
Emergency Medicine 28 years experience
Pain physicians also: In addition to dr. Frankel's answer, also consider talking to an interventional pain/spine physician. They have other minimally invasive options to treat spinal stenosis, such as the mild procedure.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
PT,PainMD,SpineSurge: Treatment of Spinal Stenosis consists of Physical Therapy,Pain Management and Spine Surgery.Depending on the severity of the condition 1Physical Therapist 2Pain Management includes Pain Meds and Epidural Injections 3Spine Surgeone in those severe cases not respnding to PT and Pain Management
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Primary care: Initially, usually primary care and chiropractors. If it worsens, then orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, and interventional pain doctors can get involved.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Can a soft mattress make my spinal stenosis worse?

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Dr. Roger Frankel
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
It may: Firm mattresses have traditionally been felt to be better for people for back problems, but there really is no data that definitively proves this to be true. Firmer mattresses may be helpful to some, but testing out a mattress first may be the best way to find out what is helpful to you.
CA
A male asked:

Is it unusual for someone in their mid-thirties to be diagnosed with spinal stenosis?

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Dr. Joshua Rovner
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 19 years experience
Not very unusual: Spinal Stenosis is a broad term. People in their thirties who have spinal stenosis usually have a disc herniation which is a different type of spinal stenosis than what older people have.
South Jordan, UT
A 24-year-old female asked:

Can a herniated disc cause spinal stenosis?

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Dr. Clint Wilson
Family Medicine 15 years experience
Spinal issues: stenosis is simply another word for "narrowing" of the space. So it's possible that a herniation (something going into a space it's not supposed to) is causing the narrowing. However herniation is not always the permanent disk problem people always think and this may be a different disc level. I'm not aware of the imaging obviously. Make sure to follow up with your physician to go over the imaging
Bridgewater, NJ
A 60-year-old female asked:

How are spinal stenosis and stenosis of the foramen different?

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Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
Holes in vertebrae: Usually spinal stenosis is referring to narrowing of the large canal in the vertebrae that the spinal cord travels through, while foraminal stenosis refers to a narrowing of one of the smaller canals between the vertebrae through which nerves leave from the spinal cord and go to your limbs or trunk.
Cloquet, MN
A 69-year-old female asked:

Is there a successful treatment for spinal stenosis?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Frank Kuitems
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Yes : Surgery they can do a decompression removing the Spurs and the bony narrowing or in some cases a larger surgery called a fusion where they use small titanium rods and screws to hold the vertebrae in a fixed position

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