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Is lumbar spinal stenosis curable?

Is lumbar spinal stenosis curable?

Surgery: Spinal stenosis is the condition where the canal which the nerves and spinal cord travels gets narrow. This can be congenital or progressive due to arthritis. Rare causes for stenosis are infection and tumor. To cure it you need surgery. But if you have stenosis due to arthritis it can be treated with medications, therapy and injections. If those don't work, surgery may be the best option. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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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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Is lumbar spinal stenosis curable?

Is lumbar spinal stenosis curable?

Somewhat: There are a multitude of treatments for spinal stenosis which to some extent can "cure" the symptoms of spinal stenosis to variable degrees. For example, an epidural steroid injection can sometimes cure the symptoms of spinal stenosis for a long time, sometimes well over a year at a time. But with any treatment, the symptoms can return, even if surgery is done symptoms can return. ...Read more

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Can lumbar spinal stenosis be cured?

Yes: If a proper work up has been done and all conservative measures have failed in a symptomatic patient, then surgery can provide definative treatment. Check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more

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How serious is it to have lumbar spinal stenosis?

How serious is it to have lumbar spinal stenosis?

Can be serious: Stenosis is an objective finding on imaging studies, like an mri. However the symptoms of lumbar stenosis determine how severe it is. It can be as mild as occasional pain or numbness radiating down the legs, to severe weakness, pain and numbness that worsens with walking. Depending on how severe the pain and disability is, determines the treatment. ...Read more

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Can I be a marine if I have lumbar spinal stenosis?

Can I be a marine if I have lumbar spinal stenosis?

Duty Restrictions: Many people have lumbar stenosis. In some cases, it's congenital or acquired. Patients usually don't see a doctor until they become symptomatic. Duty restrictions directly related to severity, pain and functional limitations. Applicants to the military are examined, but x-rays and MRI of the spine aren't routinely performed. Pre-existing conditions may disqualify applicants from the military. ...Read more

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Is there any thing to relieve lumbar spinal stenosis?

Yes: In 15%, it can just get better on its own. Sometimes non op care like medication, exercise, a zero degree lordosis back support or epidural injections can give relief. When indicated surgery can be done via a variety of ways depending on the region and levels involved and if there are any other associated spine problems or underlying medical issues. ...Read more

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Is there any kind of relief for lumbar spinal stenosis?

Is there any kind of relief for lumbar spinal stenosis?

Yes: For patients that have failed appropriate conservative care, surgery can be very beneficial. A thorough work up is required. The most common surgical treatment is a laminectomy. The success rate is good. Check out spinehealth .Com. ...Read more

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Does lumbar spinal stenosis require surgery?

Does lumbar spinal stenosis require surgery?

Depends: If the symptoms aren't bad then i generally do not recommend surgery. If someone can't walk a block and has failed physical therapy and epidural steroids, surgery can be helpful. ...Read more

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What is the recovery like for lumbar spinal stenosis surgery?

What is the recovery like for lumbar spinal stenosis surgery?

This is dependent on: Several factors including one's health status & physical conditioning, any associated instability of the spine, whether obese &/or a smoker, any underlying diabetes or neuropathy, evidence of any peripheral vascular disease-but in general, when indicated appropriately , 85% success rate --generally 6-8 week recovery depending on number of levels involved in spine that has not had any prior surgery. ...Read more

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What is the difference between cervical and lumbar spinal stenosis?

Cervical stenosis: The cervical region is the neck area and the lumbar region is the lower back. Stenosis is narrowing of the spinal canal which can occur in both regions due to overgrowth of bone. ...Read more

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

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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What is the treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis?

What is the treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis?

Several: Treatment can range from none if little or no symptoms to exercise, activity modification, physical therapy followed by home exercise, medication, epidural steroid injections and if no improvement and symptoms warrant it and you are medically stable, surgery. ...Read more

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What is lumbar spinal stenosis?

What is lumbar spinal stenosis?

Narrow spinal canal : There is a canal surrounded by a membrane that goes through the middle of the vertebrae. The spinal cord sits inside the canal surrounded by fluid. If a disc is bulging or ruptured/herniated toward the rear, this may cause pressure on the canal and it is narrowed. This may put pressure on the spinal cord or nerves within the canal causing local pain or neurologic symptoms from nerve compression. ...Read more

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What can end my lumbar spinal stenosis?

Only surgery: If truly indicated, surgery can open up the spinal canal fixing the stenosis. There is a chance, over time, that ongoing degenerative changes can lead to a recurrence. ...Read more

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How will lumbar spinal stenosis affect my life?

Potentially: Spinal stenosis can definitely affect someone's life by causing pain and limiting a persons ability to stand and walk. Consider being seen, there are many good treatment options available. ...Read more

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How is lumbar spinal stenosis typically diagnosed?

Depends.: Clinically, the diagnosis is often made by symptoms of neurogenic claudication, in the absence of any overt vascular disease. Typically this a tight or heavy ache in the legs with prolonged standing or walking that resolves quickly with sitting. The diagnosis can be confirmed by mri. Not all patients with MRI evidence of spinal stenosis will have symptoms. ...Read more

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How do you make the diagnosis of lumbar spinal stenosis?

Imaging: There are some clues on history (worse with walking, standing, and/or maintaining certain postures, and relieved with sitting or lying) but the presentation is often similar to peripheral vascular disease- unilateral or bilateral pain with sensory loss, weakness, with symptoms worse with activity. The diagnosis is made by typical symptoms and neuroimaging- some debate between ct vs. Mri. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Spinal Stenosis (Definition)

A medical condition in which the openings where the nerves leave the spine are narrowed. As a result of the narrowed openings, nerves can get pinched off, leading to symptoms such as pain, ...Read more


Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
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Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (Definition)

A condition in which the spinal canal narrows and compresses the spinal cord and nerves at the level of the lumbar vertebra. This is usually due to the common occurrence of spinal degeneration ...Read more