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Is There A Brace I Can Wear To Fix My Spinal Stenosis
No: Braces do not change the narrowing. In the neck (cervical spine), a brace can reduce symptoms of stenosis (myelopathy) in mild cases and in those who are not candidates for surgery. In theory, a brace that flexes (bends the spine forward) the low back could reduce lumbar stenosis symptoms, but it would probably be uncomfortable to wear. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is there a back brace I can buy online to help pain and weakness from Spinal Stenosis? I do exercises but find it hard to stand for long. Thanks
I am a obese 55 old woman handicapped with spinal stenosis. Latly I am having sharp and very painful pain in my thighs and it hurts when I am on my feet and especially when I wear shoes with heels what would you suggest to aleviate the pain?
Lose weight & heels: Both actions should help symptoms depending on what reason you have for being handicapped. Heels force your back into extension which further narrows your spinal canal aggravating the stenosis present . Treatment ranges from medication, use of a cane, physical therapy and epidural steroid injections. If you need surgery, obesity increases the risks/ complications of surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many little things: Doing things differently than you have been. Pain management can be helpful if it helps you move more normally. Breathing slow and deep helps. Fast and shallow is hyperventilating which aggravates your pain experience. Gentle osteopathic manipulation (no cracking stuff! ) can help increase body awareness and ease of movement. Learning to unclench your jaw will help you learn 2 relax overall. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
None to surgery : Up to 20% of the population will have stenosis by imaging studies by age 60. A lot have little to minimal symptoms. Treatment can include: medication, exercise/physical therapy, zero degree lordosis brace, epidural steroid injections & if all treatment fails & symptoms warrant it, surgery in terms of decompressing the neural elements by a laminectomy in the lower back & several options in neck. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Correct-no: Spinal manipulation cannot correct the problem. However, chinese medicine, acupuncture, and diet changes can help improve symptoms and even reverse some of the damage over time. Research upper cervical chiropractic care as well as crainosacral therapy. As adjuncts they can help improve flow of spinal fluid and blood to the area. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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