Lumbar spinal stenosis-should I see an orthopedic dr or a neurologist?

Spinal stenosis. Initially neither- See your PMD and then a Pain?rehab doctor. As a last resort the surgeon. However, all of this depends on what symptoms you have.

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How do you make the diagnosis of lumbar spinal stenosis?

Imaging. There are some clues on history (worse with walking, standing, and/or maintaining certain postures, and relieved with sitting or lying) but the presentation is often similar to peripheral vascular disease- unilateral or bilateral pain with sensory loss, weakness, with symptoms worse with activity. The diagnosis is made by typical symptoms and neuroimaging- some debate between ct vs. Mri. Read more...
By history & imaging. The history giving symptoms of pain in back and/or legs standing and walking relieved by sitting or bending over is classic. If a vascular reason, same symptoms occur but one can stand in place and not sit or bend for relief. A MRI or ct will diagnose the stenosis. Read more...

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...
Several . This can range from no treatnent if little to no symptoms to exercise, activity modification, medication, physical therapy followed by home exercises, epidural steroid injections and surgery if no symptom improvement and symptoms warrant it and you are medically stable done by an orthopedic spine surgeon or neurosurgeon. Read more...
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...
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...

Can chiropractic manipulation correct vertebral malalignment in lumbar spinal stenosis?

Unfortunately....no. As an osteopathic physician, whose practice includes "manipulative therapy, " it is my opinion that spinal stenosis is not correctable with any form of manipulation or physical medicine. This is unfortunately a surgical condition, and i would professionally recommend a consultation with a neurosurgeon, vs. An orthopedist. Your condition requires more expertise, and your end result will be better. Read more...
Who to see!! I disagree with dr. Greenly as to what specialty of spinal specialist a patient should see. If you have a cranial based medical issue or a spinal cord tumor than you should see a neurosurgeon. However if you have a spinal deformity issue which can encompass spinal stenosis, than that is the domain of an orthopaedic spinal surgeon specialist! proper biomechanical restoration is the ortho domain! Read more...
No. No, it will not. Chiropractic care is a common option for conservative care for back pain. However, spinal stenosis is not due to a mal alignment . Check out Spine-health.com. Read more...