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Can I Decrease Spinal Stenosis Pain By Stretching
Can Spinal Stenosis present itself as lower back pain without leg symptoms and still maintain pain relief by bending forward or sitting?
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). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have unbearable pain due to disc problems, spinal stenosis, spurs, bulging discs, little help from meds. Would tummy tuck help decrease pain?
Nope.: Tummy tucks (witch hazel) are not performed to relive pain. The tummy tuck is a cosmetic operation used to smooth the belly. It removes excess skin, lower abdominal fat and tightens to abdominal muscles. It does not treat the spine or any of the symptoms you describe. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Several : Low back, buttock and "shooting" leg pain are all symptoms of a pinched nerve. It sounds like you may have that problem. If the pain is severe and limiting your activity still, the best non-narcotic medications that I have found to work for my patients are antiinflammatories such as Ibuprofen or Naproxen which are over-the-counter medications. Other non-narcotic medications include tramadol (ultram) which requires a prescription and nerve-pain medications such as gabapentin. These are all to be taken for temporary pain relief. This type of pain typically resolves with time. Ask your primary physician about these if the pain is still limiting you. If it is still going on for more than a month an MRI may be helpful to help sort out what is going on and there could be other potential treatments outside of surgery that could benefit you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Spine Pain Options: This chronic pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can spinal stenos which is the cause of my sciatic pain. Get better with stretches, pilates, and water aerobics?
Maybe: Depends on how you're stretching your calves. If you're stretching calves and lower back at the same time then lower back may have been neglected. If you're standing on a plank, and doing calf raises, lower back should not be affected. The other question is are they innerveted by the same nerves? Answer is no. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Body hurts constantly. Bulging disc in neck,lumbar hypertrophic disease,beginnings of spinal stenosis.How to ease pain without narcotics?
Physical therapy, ice, Arnica.: physical therapy exercises, including stretching exercises, may be very helpful. Ice applications to the area may decrease pain as well. Arnica is a natural anti-inflammatory that may also give you some relief. Acupuncture, massage, meditation our other conservative approaches that may help you. Spine injections can also be an option. ...Read more
Back pain: A number of over the counter medications can help with mild back pain, including ibuprofen, naproxen, acetaminophen. Other prescriptions, nsaids, help with inflammation and pain. Muscle relaxants, narcotic pain meds can be given for severe pai, short term. Cortisone oral or injectable medication reduce swelling and pain. Meds for chronic nerve pain, gabapentin, can reduce pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does herniated disc cause protective scoliosis and difficulty walking in the pediatric population? Can injections or surgery improve mobility?
Confusing question: You don't get herniated disks in kids. They are unheard of before adult muscle mass is present along with some ageing. I kid can have a mild degree of "splinting" scoliosis if they have any pain in their side for any reason.They tend to lean toward the pain. Improvement depends on finding the source of the pain which could be as simple as a muscle pull or as bad as appendicitis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have scoliosis that does not require surgery. Constant muscular pain with pinched nerves and spasms at times. Will phy. Therapy help or medications?
At your age with a : Scoliosis that does not need surgery, then you need to be evaluated as to why you have these symptoms as classic idiopathic scoliosis of a non surgical degree is without symptoms. So a correct diagnosis and then treatment plan that may include pt and/or medication or even just lifestyle changes like regular exercise, weight control and avoiding smoking. See a physician who specializes in spine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes and No: Compression of the spinal cord in the thoracic spine can cause bowel incontinence and is a medical emergency. Compressed nerves will not cause incontinence but can result in back pain or pain traveling into the ribs, abdomen or upper leg. Bowel incontinence is the most concerning symptom. Go see you doc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Injections vs Surger: If pt is not helping, sometimes epidural steriod injections can help alleviate the pain. If those modalities fail and you are still experiencing pain, surgery may be an option. Fortunately, for the properly selected patients and in the right hands, surgery can be very successful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have chronic ddd, djd, muscle spasm, bulging disc, bone spurs, stenosis. I'm in a lot of pain, what can help? Physical therapy didn't help.
Spinal Stenosis: Ddd/djd/muscle spasm/bulging discs/bone spurs/stenosis are non-specific diagnoses & may or may not cause pain. More effective treatment plan may be mapped out if the specific pain generators can be identified. In advanced cases w/ stenosis, pt may not be effective & meds can create a viscous cycle. Concurrent consultation and collaboration with a spine surgeon & pain management is advised. ...Read more
What can be done about back and feet ache caused by herniated disk, when physiotherapy didn't work?
Correct PT?: When people let me know that pt is not working my first question is who, where, and what was done during therapy. More often that not the treatment did not include an important intervention. Not all pt is made the same. Discuss this with your physician. If therapy has been appropriate then further evaluation or testing may be necessary to determine what part of the spine is causing the pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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