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Will a inversion table help relieve my pain. Ten years ago dr. Completely remived one of four protruding disc. Also have spinal canal stenosis.

Will a inversion table help relieve my pain. Ten years ago dr. Completely remived one of four protruding disc. Also have spinal canal stenosis.

Temporarily: Inversion table may improve your symptoms temporarily but will not cure your spinal stenosis. Additionally, if you have not had any recent neuroimaging studies of your spine, should discuss your condition and treatment options with your doctor or spine surgeon before taking up inversion table.

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I have disc degeneration, loss of height, protrusion, spondylosis, disc bulge, mild stenosis on neck and lumbar. Can I use an inversion table?

I have disc degeneration, loss of height, protrusion, spondylosis, disc bulge, mild stenosis on neck and lumbar. Can I use an inversion table?

Conservative care: Yes, I believe that all people should exhaust and utilize all conservative measures for treatment of his or her back pain first, prior to discussing surgical intervention. I tell my patients that is it is helpful then it should definately be incorporated in your treatment plan. I have had many patients say that an inversion table has helped with their neck and low back pain.

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Do liquid glucosamine supplements? Help with spinal stenosis?

Do liquid glucosamine supplements? Help with spinal stenosis?

No evidence for this: Glucosamine & chondroitin are supplements that some believe help osteoarthritis pain (facet joint arthritis in spine); studies have shown mixed results; the american academy of orthopedic surgeons recommend against prescription of these for knee oa as a randomized controlled trial showed no benefit; there is no evidence that they help w/ spinal stenosis; see a spine specialist for treatment recs.

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Can heat help with spinal stenosis pain?

Can heat help with spinal stenosis pain?

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).

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Can liquid glucosamine supplements like flexicose and synflex help with spinal stenosis?

Can liquid glucosamine supplements like flexicose and synflex help with spinal stenosis?

No: These substance studied for knee and hip barely beat placebo for arthritis pain in those two joints your nerves need more not more cartilage I don't see how it could help.

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Who treats spinal stenosis?

Who treats spinal stenosis?

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.

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What can help spinal stenosis?

What can help spinal stenosis?

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.

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Does lsi treat spinal stenosis?

Not really: I assume by lsi, you are referring to lumbar spinal injections, also known as epidural steroid injections (esis). These can help temporarily treat some of the pain associated with spinal stenosis but are not a definitive treatment. Check out http://www. Mildprocedure. Com for some information on a new minimally invasive procedure for spinal stenosis.

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What does spinal stenosis affect?

What does spinal stenosis affect?

Leads to pressure: On the the spinal cord (for cervical or thoracic spinal stenosis), and lead to pressure on nerves (in lumbar spinal stenosis). With decrease space where the nerves and spinal cord lives, they can start getting pressure, which leads to some variety of symptoms, depending on if the stenosis is localized in the cervical or lumbar spine, and how significant the stenosis is. See your spinal specialist.

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Where does spinal stenosis occur?

All areas of spine: Spinal stenosis refers to a condition in which the bony canal protecting the spinal nerves becomes too small and starts pinching the nerves. It most commonly occurs in the neck and back causing either neck/back pain or arm/leg pain.

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How do you diagnose spinal stenosis?

Evaluation: First, a clinical exam with a history taken to see if symptoms are consistent with spinal stenosis then most likely a MRI or ct would be indicated next to confirm diagnosis.

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What can be done for spinal stenosis?

What can be done for spinal stenosis?

Multiple options: First, it can be diagnosed in up to 20% of people over 60. Sometimes this is picked up on a study because it is common & may not be the source of your symptoms. If it is your correct diagnosis, exercise sometimes initiated with physical therapy, over the counter medication or perscription ones &/or injections like epidural steroids may help. Most don't get worse, only about 15% do. Surgery last.

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Will a rhizatomy help spinal stenosis?

No: Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal that contains the spinal cord or nerve roots. Rhizotomy may address pain from degenerative facet joints of the spine. It does not take the pressure off the nerves or spinal cord present in spinal stenosis.

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What procedures to use for spinal stenosis?

What procedures to use for spinal stenosis?

Surgery: Spinal stenosis or compression of the nerves can be alleviated with surgical decompressive laminectomy (unroofing of the spinal canal) with or without fusion -but, the symptoms sometimes partially remain present. Pain, weakness and or numbness usually does get better though, at least partially.

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Will my spinal stenosis continue to worsen?

Likely: Spinal stenosis is a structural problem which progresses slowly and steadily over the years due to wear and tear and arthritic changes. Surgical approaches are the only long-term answers to alter the narrowing, but you can cope with a variety of therapies, exercises and even occasional medicines. Surgery is usually reserved for folks who are becoming progressively disabled due to the stenosis.

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How many stages of spinal stenosis are there.

How many stages of spinal stenosis are there.

Gradual: It is really typically more of a gradual, progressive proceed from degenerative changes in the spine rather than a condition that has real discreet stages.

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How to know what is asymmetric spinal stenosis?

Narrowing of canal: Narrowing of spinal canal worse on one side.

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What are the best ways to treat spinal stenosis?

What are the best ways to treat spinal stenosis?

Common problem: Lumbar spinal stenosis is a common problem especially for those older than 50. It can be managed conservatively in many patients for years. If surgery becomes necessary, it can be planned on an elective basis. Check out spine-health. Com.

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