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How could you relieve the pain of spinal stenosis in an 80 year old?

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Dr. Bettina Herbert
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
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In brief: Hope this helps

Work with a good physical therapist.
Find musculoskeletal acupuncture such as trigger points (don't need injections, just 'dry needling'). A good hands-on osteopathic physician who does omt (omm) is key for maintaining function in a chronic situation. Finally since this is really arthritis in the spine, and has an inflammatory component, eat an anti-inflammatory diet and herbs (find online).

In brief: Hope this helps

Work with a good physical therapist.
Find musculoskeletal acupuncture such as trigger points (don't need injections, just 'dry needling'). A good hands-on osteopathic physician who does omt (omm) is key for maintaining function in a chronic situation. Finally since this is really arthritis in the spine, and has an inflammatory component, eat an anti-inflammatory diet and herbs (find online).
Dr. Bettina Herbert
Dr. Bettina Herbert
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: Multiple ways

Sometimes a 0 degree lordosis back support works - some exercises can be learned with a physical therapist.
Medications if given prudently can help as can epidural steroid injections. A cane or walker can help with walking tolerance & if medically stable and having failed all the above, surgery if symptoms warrant it which is done in this age group regularly just as joint replacements are.

In brief: Multiple ways

Sometimes a 0 degree lordosis back support works - some exercises can be learned with a physical therapist.
Medications if given prudently can help as can epidural steroid injections. A cane or walker can help with walking tolerance & if medically stable and having failed all the above, surgery if symptoms warrant it which is done in this age group regularly just as joint replacements are.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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