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Are steroid epidural injections and physical therapy effective treatments for severe spinal stenosis?

9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

And Yes. However if they are not helping you may need surgery.

In brief: Yes

And Yes. However if they are not helping you may need surgery.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. Adam Lewis
Recent studies have questioned the validity and effectiveness of epidural injections for spinal stenosis. Discuss your back problems with a spine specialist to develop a rational approach to relieving the pain.
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Sometimes

It depends on the underlying etiology of your stenosis.

In brief: Sometimes

It depends on the underlying etiology of your stenosis.
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
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Dr. Greg Khounganian
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not really

With severe spinal stenosis there is a very tight canal where nerves travel.
Injecting anything into an already tight canal can be dangerous and worsen the symptoms. Physical therapy relies on the bodies mechanics to help alleviate the canal stenosis. When it is already tight, there is very little that can be done. A spine surgeon should evaluate to determine if a decompression is necessary.

In brief: Not really

With severe spinal stenosis there is a very tight canal where nerves travel.
Injecting anything into an already tight canal can be dangerous and worsen the symptoms. Physical therapy relies on the bodies mechanics to help alleviate the canal stenosis. When it is already tight, there is very little that can be done. A spine surgeon should evaluate to determine if a decompression is necessary.
Dr. Greg Khounganian
Dr. Greg Khounganian
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