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Are there alternative therapies for back spinal stenosis?

Are there alternative therapies for back spinal stenosis?

Let me explain?: Spinal stenosis is a mechanical problem. Were the canal were the spinal cord pass through, for some if get tight this what we call spinal stenosis.I- nonsurgical treatment, could help(education, medicines to relieve pain and inflammation, exercise(stationary bike, weight loss, physical therapy. If did help surgery.Good luck. Thank you. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Alternative Medicine (Definition)

Alternative medicine is the practice of healing that does not fall into the realm of conventional allopathic medicine. Many think it is usually based on cultural or historical traditions rather than scientific data. However, only recently is science catching up with history. For example, acupuncture meridians have finally been discovered by science. Types of alternative medicine include ...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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Treatment for spinal stenosis?

Treatment for spinal stenosis?

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

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What are some alternative therapies for spinal stenosis?

What are some alternative therapies for spinal stenosis?

Several modalities: Each case should be approached differently. We can consider the following: chiropractic, both conventional and nucca, different forms of physical therapy, including spinal decompression, cold laser, arp wave, magnetic therapy. Drugs, shots and surgery are last resort. www.lifemedical.us. ...Read more

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Lumbar canal stenosis is orthopedic or neurosurgical problem?

Lumbar canal stenosis is orthopedic or neurosurgical problem?

LLumbar Stenosis: Either an Orthopaedic surgeon who is fellowship trained in spine or a neurosurgeon can help you with lumbar stenosis. Many times conservative treatment with therapy and injections and medications can give one relief of painful symptoms. Hope this help. Take care. Joe Wilson ...Read more

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Are there homeopathic and/or physical therapy treatments for spinal stenosis?

Are there homeopathic and/or physical therapy treatments for spinal stenosis?

Surely...: There are a number of remedies for spinal stenosis; but none are miracle cures! check with your primary care physician before starting any new treatments/supplements; you may also need a good orthopedist and some imaging studies(xray, mri, etc) to obtain a baseline for the degree of your 'stenosis'. Physical therapy can help as well. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Best treatment for advanced spinal stenosis?

Best treatment for advanced spinal stenosis?

Common problem: 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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Can spinal decompression systems work for herniated or bulging discs?

Can spinal decompression systems work for herniated or bulging discs?

Non-surgical?: If you are referring to non-surgical spinal decompression employed mostly by chiropractors, there is very little evidence showing its efficacy. It is a very costly treatment that uses traction to relieve pain caused by a disc herniation and nerve root compression. It has not shown to be any different then allowing time to allow inflammation to improve. ...Read more

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Is flying with spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease considered safe?

Yes: Flying should be safe with these conditions. The main thing while flying, if you are having pain in particular, is to get out of the seat, walk around the plane, and do some stretching. ...Read more

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What is best medicine treatment for spinal herniated disc?

What is best medicine treatment for spinal herniated disc?

Depends on symptoms: If no symptoms, do nothing. If mild symptoms anti-inflammatory medications work great (take with meals, and make sure you can take those -- clear with your primary care doctor). If symptoms is acute and very severe, you can get a Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack (oral steroids) which you take over 6 days... Ask you doctor to evaluate you first. You cannot have this if you have infection or brittle diabetic, etc.. ...Read more

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What are treatment options for lumbar spinal stenosis?

What are treatment options for lumbar spinal stenosis?

Several: There are nonsurgical treatments that may heal some cases- usually a combination of medication, physical therapy, and epidural injections. If surgery is eventually required, there are several procedures that are done. These will be described by the consulting neurosurgeon. See http://www.Uptodate.Com/contents/lumbar-spinal-stenosis-treatment-and-prognosis?Source=search_result&search=lumbar+spin. ...Read more

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Treatment recommendations for spinal stenosis combined with 4 bulging disk in lower lumbar?

Verify actually caus: Verify that is actually causing the symptoms. Are there specific objective neurologic findings? ...Read more

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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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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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Does chiropractic treatment help with degenerative lumbar disc disease?

Sometimes: Back manipulation provide some benifits especially if the problems are due to to facet joint disease. ...Read more

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Is acupuncture good for a bulged disc or spinal stenosis?

MODEST BENEFIT?: The more we learn, acupuncture seems useful for pain control, if done with expertise, but would not modify the anatomy of the pain generator. A bulged disc is unlikely to be the cause of spinal pain, and spinal stenosis may also be mostly asymptomatic initially. Best approach is to acquire a clear diagnosis and treat both cause and symptoms. ...Read more

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Are there any homeopathic or physical therapy treatments for spinal stenosis?

Are there any homeopathic or physical therapy treatments for spinal stenosis?

No: There are no real homeopathic treatments for anything. Homeopathy is not medicine. Practitioners have no real medical knowledge. Would you want your MD to practice 214-year-old medicine on you? Because that’s when homeopathy was invented. It's worse than worthless. Join the 21st century. Read “Homeopathy: The Ultimate Fake” at http://www.quackwatch.com/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/homeo.html. ...Read more

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Can spinal manipulation help correct severe spinal stenosis?

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 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


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