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How can I relieve my lumbar spinal canal stenosis pain?

How can I relieve my lumbar spinal canal stenosis pain?

Tough diagnosis: 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 more

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Dr. Chad Levitt
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Lumbar (Definition)

The lumbar part of the spine is the low back. It is made up of five bones (most of the time) stacked one on top of the other. They are connected by disks, facet joints, and ligaments. These soft parts allow for movement controlled by the spinal muscles; the muscles can also keep it stiff when need be. The lumbar spine also contains and protects nerves to ...Read more


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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. ...Read more

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How does central lumbar canal stenosis differ from spinal stenosis?

How does central lumbar canal stenosis differ from spinal stenosis?

Specific vs general: Spinal stenosis is not specific to region (cervical vs thoracic vs lumbar). Spinal stenosis of lumbar spine is lumbar spinal stenosis. Central stenosis means the dural sac is compressed. This is as opposed to foraminal or lateral stenosis which usually affects the nerve roots. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about central lumbar canal stenosis/spinal stenosis?

Can you tell me more about central lumbar canal stenosis/spinal stenosis?

Degenerative disc : When there is degeneration in the lumbar spine then the ligaments can hypertrophy (enlarge) along with the facet joints and cause narrowing in the spine called stenosis . If it is mainly in the center then it is called central stenosis . Also any significant central disc herniation can also cause central stenosis along with bone spurs. ...Read more

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What does it mean on your scan: broad based posterior disk protrusion without spinal canal stenosis?

Disc disease: The disc between the vertebral bodies is bulging into the spinal canal. This can be painful or not. This could be affecting nearby nerves or not. Basically, the disc is damaged and is at risk for developing a tear and herniation which could be more serious. ...Read more

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Severe spinal canal stenosis w severe bilateral forminal stenosis at c-5 c-6 probable myelomalicia at c-5 c-6 multilevel ddd at c-3 to c-7 prognosis?

Need expert opinion: Only the orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon with whom you consulted with can answer that question as he/she knows enough about you to render a good opinion. ...Read more

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Had an MRI and dont understand results. "large posterior disk extrusion contacting the anterior spinal cord and causing severe spinal canal stenosis.

Spinal Stenosis: Did a doctor explain to you the results or did you just obtain a copy? In general you have a protruding disc (not sure if neck or back) that is impinging on the spinal canal and resulting in narrowing of the canal. I would imagine you are having pain, weakness, numbness? ...Read more

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My MRI says "spinal cord contact". Does it cause pain if an osteophyte or a disc touches the spinal cord with mild spinal canal stenosis? Thank you.

My MRI says "spinal cord contact".  Does it cause pain if an osteophyte or a disc touches the spinal cord with mild spinal canal stenosis?  Thank you.

Depends: An osteophyte touching the spine shouldn't cause pain. What we worry about is when an osteophyte or protruding disk actually compresses the spinal cord/canal which should be seen on the MRI. ...Read more

Stricture (Definition)

A stricture is an anatomic narrowing of any structure in the body with a lumen. Depending on the organ, the underlying causes can be traumatic, ...Read more


Dr. Eric Weisman
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Stenosis (Definition)

Constriction or narrowing of something - duct, artery, passage way such as the outlet of the stomach into the small ...Read more