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Doctor insights on: Pathophysiology Of Spinal Stenosis

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What do you do for spinal stenosis?

What do you do for spinal stenosis?

Many options: Spinal stenosis can be treated conservatively with physical therapy and lumbar epidural steroid injections. Your spine specialist can thoroughly evaluate you and help coordinate conservative care if appropriate. Surgery is usually helpful if all else fails. Check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Spinal Stenosis (Definition)

Spinal stenosis is medical condition in which openings where 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


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Are there shots for spinal stenosis?

Are there shots for spinal stenosis?

Not effective: Spinal stenosis is an anatomical narrowing of the vertebral canal, and shots do not widen the area. Am singularly unimpressed by injections to treat this condition, and find exercise and/or surgery to be far superior. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of spinal stenosis?

What are symptoms of spinal stenosis?

Depends on the area: Lumbar stenosis is most common and typically causes deep, aching buttock and leg pain that is worse with activity and relieved with rest. It may also cause sciatica, weakness and numbness in one or both legs. Cervical stenosis will often present as loss of coordination and may be more subtle. It may also result in radiating arm pain, numbness or weakness and neck pain. ...Read more

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What medications for spinal stenosis?

What medications for spinal stenosis?

Few option: If you want to fight both your pain and inflammation, you may consider non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaids). These products relieve pain and also reduce inflammation and swelling. Nsaids include aspirin, Ibuprofen (advil (ibuprofen) or motrin), indomethacin, and naproxen.Some times we use steroids as epidural blocl or oraly. ...Read more

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What are the tests for spinal stenosis?

Imaging: The most accurate test is a ct scan for assessing the size of the spinal canal to determine if it fits the criteria for spinl stenosis followed by a mri. However, one has to have the clinical symptoms and/or findings to make a clinical diagnosis of spinal stenosis since a lot of people with positive imaging findings have no clinical symptoms or findings ...Read more

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What is spinal stenosis and who gets it?

A spinal canal that: It is when the spinal canal is too narrow for the contents within it, the neural tissues: spinal cord, thecal sac & nerve roots. This leads to the compression of these structures which may or may not cause symptoms. There are several different types of spinal stenosis, congenital & acquired. The acquired is: degeneration, instability, fracture, cysts, herniation, tumor, fat, ligamentous. ...Read more

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What is it like getting a spinal stenosis?

What is it like getting a spinal stenosis?

Spinal stenosis : In the lumbar region...Should cause back pain, leg pain, improvement with flexion, and fatigue with prolonged walking. More common in the elderly. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to die from spinal stenosis ?

No: Rarely, an elderly patient may have intra-operative or post-operative complications that can be life threatening. Spinal stenosis itself is not life threatening. Check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more

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Can diet affect my spinal stenosis?

Can diet affect my spinal stenosis?

Yes: Getting obese can lead to increased lumbar degenerative changes leading to further narrowing of the spinal canal leading to increased degree of spinal stenosis. ...Read more

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Can alcohol make spinal stenosis worse?

Can alcohol make spinal stenosis worse?

No: Stenosis can lead to progessive lower extremity (legs) weakness and numbness. Alcohol will not worsen stenosis, but chronic alcoholism can lead to a type of neuropathy that will worsen leg numbness and weakness. ...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


Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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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