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.
Physical therapy. One very good start to treatment is physical therapy, particularly, aqua therapy -- done in the water. This alleviates the pressure on the back and joints and will help the therapist be able to help you with strengthening your core muscles and improving flexibility, both of which will help decrease pain.
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.
Begin with injection. Injection decompression surgery can ease your suffering start with simple things surgery predictably relieves leg pain with standing and walking with no change in back discomfort.
Physical therapy. Physical therapy and pain medications (as needed) are appropriate first line. Spinal stenosis due to degenerative changes is relatively slowly progressive. If necessary, decompression laminectomy can be performed; but it is better to wait till it is truly necessary.

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What are different ways to treat back spinal stenosis?

Physical Therapy. Physical therapy and pain medications (as needed) are appropriate first line. Spinal stenosis due to degenerative changes is relatively slowly progressive. If necessary, decompression laminectomy can be performed; but it is better to wait till it is truly necessary. Read more...
Injections surgery. Traction surgery is quite effectivewith low complication ratr for cental canal stenosis foraminal stenosis is trickier to treat. 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...

What are the symptoms of back spinal stenosis?

Many. Bachache, root pain baladder and bowl symptoms and sensory symptoms. Typically symptom are worsened after physical activity. Read more...
Leg pain. Depends on area stenotic lumbar gives leg pain with standing or walking neck gives arm pain and poor balance. Read more...
For many none. For some, this is an incidental finding that increases with age.On an imaging study but symptoms when they are present are called neurogenic claudication or pain in the legs with/without neurologixc symptoms like numbness with standing & walking relieved by sitting/bending over. As it worsens, standing/walking tolerance lessens. Occasionally, if high spine level tight, could just cause back pain. Read more...
Spinal Stenosis. Symptoms typically progress over time, as nerves become more compressed. You might experience: leg or arm weakness lower back pain with standing or walking numbness in your legs or buttocks balance problems sitting in a chair usually helps relieve these symptoms. However, they will return with periods of standing or walking. Read more...

My brother has developed back spinal stenosis. What is it exactly?

Ligament hypertrophy. The ligamentum flavum runs along the back of the spinal canal; with time and degenerative damage (felt to be relatively the same mechanism of disease as osteoarthritis), this ligament gets thicker and presses in on the spinal cord. Due to the nature of the disease, however, it is relatively slowly progressive, and often responds to physical therapy and pain medications as needed. Read more...
Stenosis. Narrowing of the sinal canal causing squeezing of the nerves usually causing legpain with standing and walking the canalis narrowedas joints inthe spine enlarge arthritis as dried disc settle thedisc bilge into the canal again robbing room for nerves inthe canal the camal size we start with varies individually and shrinks with age and degeneration. Read more...
Too small a canal. It is when the canal of the spine becomes too narrow for the contents-- compressing the neural/nerve tissue to a degree causing symptoms of pain/ numbness/tingling/weakness with standing/walking better sitting or bending over. This is due usually to degenerative changes occuring over time and can be related to the size canal he was born with- smoking can accelerate these degenerative changes. Read more...

I need a straight answer. What is back spinal stenosis?

Ligament hypertrophy. The ligamentum flavum runs along the back of the spinal canal; with time and degenerative damage (felt to be relatively the same mechanism of disease as osteoarthritis), this ligament gets thicker and presses in on the spinal cord. Due to the nature of the disease, however, it is relatively slowly progressive, and often responds to physical therapy and pain medications as needed. Read more...
Narrowing. Narrowing of spine tunnels in spine where nerves pass nerves get squeezed and then legs hurt where nerves go in low back stenosis is a fancy word for narrowing likei n coronary artery stenosis heart disease narrow heart vessels this is narrow nerve passages in spine. Read more...
Narrowing. Narrowing of spine tunnels in spine where nerves pass nerves get squeezed and then legs hurt where nerves go in low back stenosis is a fancy word for narrowing likei n coronary artery stenosis heart disease narrow heart vessels this is narrow nerve passages in spine. Read more...
OK. A narrowing of the spinal or vertebral column. Your backbone. The space of bone containing and protecting your spinal nervous system. Serious; please speak with your doctor. Read more...
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...
The vertebrae. Or bones in the back have narrowed in the center where the nerves from the spinal cord run through. Read more...
Narrowing. Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal, usually by chronic, degenerative conditions such as degenerative disc disease and arthritis. Stenosis in the lumbar spine causes compression of the nerve roots in the spinal canal which leads to pain in the legs with walking that gets better with rest. Stenosis in the neck causes compression of the spinal cord and can be much more serious. Read more...
A narrow canal. Spinal stenosis is simply a narrow canal. You can be born with it or acquire it through arthritis of the spine. Often, if the canal is narrow enough, symptoms develop. The most common symptom is back pain or leg pain that occurs when standing or walking and is relieved by sitting. Spinal stenosis can occur without symptoms, however. Spinal stenosis can also occur in the neck. Read more...
Narrowing. Stenosis is just another word for narrowing. Lumbar stenosis means the canal that the nerves to your legs goes through is narrow. That only matters if it is narrowed enough to compress the nerves. If the nerves are not compressed, then the stenosis is irrelevant. If the nerves are compressed, and your legs go to sleep and hurt when you stand or walk, then surgery will decompress the nerves. Read more...

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...
I wil tell you. Shoes especially women shoes, congenital problems . In the feet. More frequently in women.. It has been suggested that tight-fitting shoes, especially high-heel and narrow-toed shoes development of bunions, especially when they occur in younger individuals. There also seems to be inherited (genetic) factors that predispose to bunions.Good luck. Thank you. Read more...
Let it us help. A compression fracture is a collapse of a vertebra. It may be due to trauma or due to a weakening of the vertebra. Read more...

Are there tests to confirm the doctor's diagnosis of back spinal stenosis?

Mri. Radiologist reading of a MRI is an objective second opinion without conflicts of interest dont get operated on by some one you dont trust see a spine specialist . Mild stenosis should be treated nonoperatively at first severe stenosis may need surgery if it matches clincally to symptoms and exam the diagnosis of stenosis should be made off MRI otherwise it is a working suspected diagnosis. Read more...
Yes. Yes typically an MRI, ct scan, or a myelogram are the tests that confirm the presence of the spinal stenosis and show the severity of it. Read more...

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...
No. No, not that I am aware of from a surgical perspective. Braces "wrap around the spine" and can be used to treat symptoms as can a tens unit. Read more...

Is spinal cord stenosis treatable?

Yes. Treatable yes....Curable possibly. See a spine orthopedist. Read more...
Yes. 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...
Tx spinal stenosis. The treatment of spinal stenosis is usually surgical. Physical therapy and spinal injections may help the pains, but the only thing that would help the actual extra tissue growth within the spinal column would be surgery. The area of involvement would need to be defined by MRI scanning. Read more...