Spinal Stenosis

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Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis, a disorder in which the spinal canal narrows resulting in nerve and spinal cord

impingement, mainly affects people over the age of 65 and is often the cause of low back pain.

Risk factors of spinal stenosis include scoliosis and hypertension. Symptoms

are often the result of disc bulging and herniation and include pain and reduced mobility.

A physician makes a diagnosis after a physical exam looking for tenderness

and testing range of motion. Radiographic imaging, like a CT scan or a MRI, is used to

understand the level of stenosis.

Treatments

  • NSAIDs (non-steroidal inflammatory drugs)
  • Membrane stabilizing drugs
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Percutaneous adhesiolysis: removal of scar tissue in epidural space
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Acupuncture
  • Surgery (for severe symptoms)
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