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How do I treat spinal stenosis and 3 bulging discs without surgery effectively?

How do I treat spinal stenosis and 3 bulging discs without surgery effectively?

/Do nothing : Usually if found by imaging may be an incidental finding if seen for back pain without any stenosis symptoms ie leg pain or numbness/tingling with standing/walking & better sitting or bending over- otherwise you may just have mechanical back pain that will do ok with exercise, weight control, avoiding tobacco and good sleep habits . The same can said for stenosis with +/-meds & epidural shots. ...Read more

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Bulging Disk (Definition)

Wear and tear can cause degeneration in the vertebral column, and cause discs to deteriorate. The supportive basket, nucleus fibrosis develops small tears. A bulge is minimal perhaps a few millimeters, and is clinically insignificant, but additional disc displacement such as protrusion or herniation may compress ...Read more


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How can I cure the spinal cord disc prolapse without surgery?

How can I cure the spinal cord disc prolapse without surgery?

Physical therapy: Disc disease with disc protrusion, collaspe, prolaspe is a radiographic finding. Often times these findings do not correlate with the symptoms. Surgery may not necessarily be the answer to the problem. The symptoms of back pain are common. The best treatment is with excercises. Physical therapy can be tremendously helpful. ...Read more

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How will epidural injections help severe stenosis and foraminal natroeing and herniated cervical discs. Is it safe to get 3 that's what my doc wants ?

How will epidural injections help severe stenosis and foraminal natroeing and herniated cervical discs.  Is it safe to get 3 that's what my doc wants ?

Epidural Steroids: Epidural steroid injections are commonly used in the spine to treat nerve irritation and inflammation. They are considered a standard part of conservative neck and back pain management. For the cervical spine, it's critical that and MRI is performed before so that the available space for the spinal cord can be evaluated. If it's too narrow, epidural steroid injections may be contraindicated. ...Read more

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How should I treat back spinal stenosis?

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How should I treat back spinal stenosis?

Decompression: Spinal stenosis only matters if it is severe enough to compress the spinal cord or nerve roots. If there is no spinal cord or nerve root compression, then the stenosis is irrelevant. There are open and minimally invasive ways to decompress the spinal canal. Be sure to go to someone like me who is trained and experienced in every spinal procedure for stenosis, not just a subset of them. ...Read more

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How do Neurologists treat Spinal degenerative changes ARTHROSIS and Cervical Herniation and lumber bulging disc. What medications 4 very symptomatic?

How do Neurologists treat Spinal degenerative changes ARTHROSIS and Cervical Herniation and lumber bulging disc. What medications 4 very symptomatic?

Conservatively: Appropriate pain medications are usually prescribed but we try and stay away from narcotic types of meds. Physical therapy is also a popular place for neurologists to send their patients with these sorts of symptoms. If all else fails, call in the surgical guys and see what they say. ...Read more

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How do you treat and fix a small lumbar disc protrusion?

How do you treat and fix a small lumbar disc protrusion?

Treat symptoms only: Disc protrusions of any size require treatment only if they produce symptoms. Surgery is indicated for those with intractable leg pain, progressive loss of function or sensation in the lower extremity or for loss of bowel/bladder/sexual function. Medicines, stretching, mild rest, physical therapy, massage, heat, etc are indicated for everyone else. ...Read more

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I have 5 disk with moderate to severe spinal stenosis failed physical therapy what should I do next can this paralyze me ?

I have 5 disk with moderate to severe spinal stenosis failed physical therapy what should I do next can this paralyze me ?

Spinal stenosis : While paralysis would be especially rare, you can have significant loss of function with severe spinal stenosis. In some people, epidural steroid injections can help relieve pain. However, with multilevel severe spinal stenosis, I suggest seeing a spinal surgeon to evaluate and discuss options for your care. ...Read more

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What are exercises i can do if I have spinal stenosis (l2, l3), spondylolisthesis, and osteopenia?

What are exercises i can do if I have spinal stenosis (l2, l3), spondylolisthesis, and osteopenia?

Several: Weight bearing exercise will increase your bone mass. Since you have stenosis exercises with you sitting or flexed would be comfortable like a bike or on a treadmill with an incline. Yoga and pilates for core stabilization as well. ...Read more

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I'd like to talk to someone about an operation on my back for spinal stenosis I also have bulging discs. My actual diagnosis is developmental spinal stenosis?

Spinal stenosis : You need to consult a Neuro surgeon or Orthopedic surgeon who specializes in such surgery and has done several of those surgeries a month . These types of surgeries are often complicated and have long recovery time . In the end when successful they are worth the pain time and effort . Best luck ...Read more

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Lumbar spinal stenosis -- do I have to have surgery to correct this?

No: Surgery for spinal stenosis is only needed in symptomatic patients that have failed all conservative measures. Check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Can all disc bulges recover shape and decompress nerves over time? How to determine if a disc is ruptured, aside from discogram?

Can all disc bulges recover shape and decompress nerves over time? How to determine if a disc is ruptured, aside from discogram?

Short answer - no: Not all disc bluges or herniations will decompress or recover shape. Some of them may remain stable and not change or become worse depending on a variety of factors. If you'd like to know the stability of your disc bugles and their effect on nerves, you should see a neurologist. He or she may recommend an MRI of your spine to document changes over time. ...Read more

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How much could Ayurveda treatment help in disc prolapse and cord compression?

How much could Ayurveda treatment help in disc prolapse and cord compression?

Not likely to help: Ayurvedic treatment is not likely to have any effect on disc prolapse and cord compression, as the symptoms are due to a part of the disc physically pressing on one's spinal cord or spinal nerves. Some sort of neurosurgical procedure is usually needed to move or remove the part that is compressing the spinal cord. ...Read more

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I have spinal stenosis . had a spinal fusion of the L1, L2,L3, to help the pain.now have severe leg pian, bladder incontinence .any surgery options ?

I have spinal stenosis . had a spinal fusion of the L1, L2,L3, to help the pain.now have severe leg pian, bladder incontinence .any surgery  options ?

Back pain: If someone is losing control of their bowel or bladder due to back problems they should go to the ER to be seen. Don't know what surgical options there are as I am Family Medicine - but would still go to ER. ...Read more

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How do I know I am walking with correct posture for degenrative disc disease of lumbar spine?

How do I know I am walking with correct posture for degenrative disc disease of lumbar spine?

REALLY?: Are you sure you have ddd at your age? If you really do, a physical therapist or chiropracyor may help with exercises and posture. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have 3 bulging discs, DDD, stenosis, Si joint disease. Besides surgery. Alternatives? I have had shots and chiropractic care and physical therapy.

I have 3 bulging discs, DDD, stenosis, Si joint disease. Besides surgery. Alternatives? I have had shots and chiropractic care and physical therapy.

Please repost: Your post is vague. Has surgical treatment been proposed? If so, has the likelihood of improvement vs no improvement been discussed? Finally, chiropractic is useless at best & dangerous at worst. If a chiropractor tells you (s)he can help you, (s)he's lying or deluded. Either way, they're not to be trusted. You're just throwing your money away. ...Read more

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I'm a 21-year-old with lumbar disc prolapse (l4-l5). How can I strengthen my back?

I'm a 21-year-old with lumbar disc prolapse (l4-l5). How can I strengthen my back?

Depend on symptoms: If you are having fairly severe leg pain, gentle, low impact aerobic activity (e.g. Walking, pool exercise) is a good place to start. As the leg pain subsides, increase the aerobic exercise to at least 30 minutes nonstop three days a week. As tolerated, work on core muscle strengthening exercise (exercise to strengthen tummy and back muscles). ...Read more

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How risky are cervical epidural injections for some one with ddd severe canal stenosis and foraminal stenosis and 2 herniated discs c3/c4 and c7T1?

Just as risky: just as risky, is for someone without these findings. Risk do not increase, based on severity of the disease for which you are doing the epidural. Which in your case, is spinal stenosis. ...Read more

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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


Stenosis (Definition)

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