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Is spinal cord stenosis treatable?

Is spinal cord stenosis treatable?

Yes: Treatable yes....Curable possibly. See a spine orthopedist. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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Can spinal stenosis lead to short term memory loss?

No: It just doesn't work that way. You may think you are going to lose your mind due to the pain and you may lose your mind taking the medications used to treat the pain of spinal stenosis but, no, it does not lead to short term memory loss. ...Read more

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Can spinal stenosis cause you to have short term memory loss?

Can spinal stenosis cause you to have short term memory loss?

No: It just doesn't work that way. You may think you are going to lose your mind due to the pain and you may lose your mind taking the medications used to treat the pain of spinal stenosis but, no, it does not lead to short term memory loss. ...Read more

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Is spinal stenosis and loss of leg use reversible?

Is spinal stenosis and loss of leg use reversible?

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. If there has been significant nerve root involvement, permenant nerve damage may persist. Check out spinehealth .Com. ...Read more

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Diagnosis sever spinal stenosis..Had lamenectomy last year on ruptured L5 after loss of bladder control. Could it be related?

Could be: Severe lumbar spinal stenosis (occuring from large herniated discs, & other compressive pathologies), could result in compression of the nerve roots below the level of your spinal cord -- called your cauda equina. This could then result in bladder/bowel dysfunction. Your surgeon likely did the laminectomy to relieve the compression of your cauda equina so as to prevent the problem from worsening. ...Read more

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Mri test shows loss of spinal height & signal spinal stenosis narrowing of spinal canal diffused disc bluge in contact with thecal sac neural formina narrowed bilatery what treatment do you recommend?

See a spine surgeon,: Who depending on your symptoms and response to the medication, will have you go through a course of epidural shots (steroids) or might advise to enlarge the narrowed (stenosis) canal, to take pressure off the cord or the nerves. Good luck. ...Read more

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See md in am for consultation on spinal stenosis. He will refer me to be treated. Pt has not helped. What are my best treatment options ?

See md in am for consultation on spinal stenosis.  He will refer me to be treated.  Pt has not helped.  What are my best  treatment options ?

This depends on : Several issues including how sympotomatic you are as well as if you have any neuropathy or peripheral vascular disease that may be contributing to your symptoms as well as your medical status such as obesity, smoking status, diabetes or arthritis involving the major joints of your legs. Medication, a 0 degree lordosis back support, epidural steroid injections and then surgery if indicated. ...Read more

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How to treat sciatica from spinal stenosis?

How to treat sciatica from spinal stenosis?

Spine Pain Options: This chronic pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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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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Review of options to treat spinal stenosis shows that laser surgery is best with 90 per cent cure and no down time after. Thoughts.

Review of options to treat spinal stenosis shows  that  laser surgery is best with 90 per cent cure and no down time after.  Thoughts.

No: Laser surgery has not been shown to be a long term solution to spinal stenosis in randomized controlled clinical trials. I would not recommend this for my patients nor for a family member. ...Read more

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Just looked at med records for ongoing pain, have spinal stenosis, l4 l5 herniated discs which have been causing leg pain.How can I heal/treat this?

It depends on: Severity. Given your age, I would recommend conservative management with physical therapy, strengthen core muscle, medication to treat neuropathy, etc. For moderate to severe condition various kinds of epidural injection and various surgeries. Discuss with your provider in detail. ...Read more

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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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What are different ways to treat back spinal stenosis?

What are different ways to treat back spinal stenosis?

Injections surgery: Traction surgery is quite effectivewith low complication ratr for cental canal stenosis foraminal stenosis is trickier to treat. ...Read more

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Is there something that wraps around the spine that treats spinal stenosis?

Huh?: Nothing can wrap around your spine to treat spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis can be treated with core strengthening exercises, spinal injections and even possibly surgery if warranted. ...Read more

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Who treats spinal stenosis?

Pain physicians also: In addition to dr. Frankel's answer, also consider talking to an interventional pain/spine physician. They have other minimally invasive options to treat spinal stenosis, such as the mild procedure. ...Read more

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Does lsi treat spinal stenosis?

Not really: I assume by lsi, you are referring to lumbar spinal injections, also known as epidural steroid injections (esis). These can help temporarily treat some of the pain associated with spinal stenosis but are not a definitive treatment. Check out http://www.Mildprocedure.Com for some information on a new minimally invasive procedure for spinal stenosis. ...Read more

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What is spinal stenosis and how is treated?

Narrowing of spine: Stenosis means narrowing. Spinal stenosis can be a symptomatic or cause compression of the spinal cord or nerves. If symptoms significant surgical decompression of the appropriate levels may be needed. If symptoms and signs not major exercises, epidural blocks and some medications help. Avoid narcotics. ...Read more

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What are the best ways to treat spinal stenosis?

What are the best ways to treat spinal stenosis?

Common problem: Lumbar spinal stenosis is a common problem especially for those older than 50. It can be managed conservatively in many patients for years. If surgery becomes necessary, it can be planned on an elective basis. Check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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