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Physical therapy: There are 4 basic types of treatment for this condition: 1 medication. 2 physical therapy 3 injections. 4. Surgery. The only treatment shown to alter the course of the disease process is regular exercise/ physical therapy. Medications and injections are used to help control symptoms, surgery is used for progressive neurological deterioration or pain which cannot be controlled any other way. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
My daughter was diagnosed with Stenosis of the Foramen Magnum and a syrinx extending from C1-Tll at age 6. What is expected long term?
Surgery @ some point: The syrinx may not be very symptomatic now but this with the narrowing of the bony entrance to the spinal cord will likely cause chronic headaches and other symptoms by the teen years. At some point they will want to go in and remove the bag like syrinx and create more room in the bony entrance to the cord. It is a major surgery but in gifted hands can solve the problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could a person with congenital lateral recess stenosis have developed compensations over a lifetime like more blood vessel off shoots in foramen?
Not vessels : Clrs has nothing to do with the blood vessels it is a narrowing of the spine narrowing the side of the column depending on the age patient and the symptoms he should a md who can evaluate the severity the stenosis does not effect vessels but the nerves leaving the the cord check on google if sever he is having symptoms if not leave alone. ...Read more
My mom's MRI report:
"stenosis of left c6/7 intervertebral foramen due to a disc fragment causing compression of left C7 nerve root." is this serious?
Depends - but can be: Serious is relative - but she should definitely see a neurologist and have a thorough neurologic exam. Hopefully the report says whether it's mild, moderate, or severe. Metismd can help if you need a second opinion... ...Read more
Depends: Lumbar stenosis is typically does not resolve on its own. It usually from hypertrophied ligaments or bones. If, however, stenosis is secondary to a herniated disc, this may resolve on its own. Discs have a fluid-like component which can dessicate over time, and as the disc dries up it lifts pressure off the nerve roots. ...Read more
Non specific term: Stenosis just means a tightening & is generally used to describe a tubular structure. For any specific discussion of treatment we would first need a better description of what you mean, what the stenosis refers to. Please start over & submit a question with more background information.Questions are not linked. ...Read more